SOURCE: Habitat for Humanity of Orange County

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County

August 28, 2009 22:02 ET

Record High Temperatures Won't Stop Camp Pendleton's Marines and Sailors From Building a Park in San Juan Capistrano

From Iraq to San Juan Capistrano, These Marines and Sailors Are Happy to Serve Their Country and Their Community as They "Come Back to Give Back"

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - August 28, 2009) - Approximately 400 Marines and Sailors from Camp Pendleton will brave the heat this week as they volunteer to build a private park in the Habitat for Heroes and Foundations for Families™ development of homes in San Juan Capistrano.

For four days -- August 31-September 3, 2009 -- approximately 100 Marines and Sailors per day will trade their uniforms for blue jeans and travel to San Juan Capistrano to build a neighborhood park for the families who will live in this 27-home development. In addition to assisting on the five homes under construction, they will plant grass, flowers and trees, and pour the foundation for a flagpole for the new park at 24611 Calle Rolando.

The Marines and Sailors are from the 1st Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton. They will be working on site from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on those four days.

"These Marines today are the best of our society," said Kevin Stewart, LtCol, USMC, Commanding Officer of the 1st Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group. "They raised their hand to serve their country. Many will be going to Afghanistan and Iraq to serve. And this week, they have taken it upon themselves to come out here and give back. It shows the high quality of today's Marines. You can be proud of the Marines who are serving our country."

The local community is prepared to welcome the Marines and Sailors with open arms. Specially prepared lunches -- a tasty alternative to Marine Corps chow hall food -- will be delivered by local businesses, including:

--  Monday, August 31 -- Seaside Catering Company in Newport Beach
--  Tuesday, September 1 -- Sarducci's in San Juan Capistrano, sponsored
    by Parker Aerospace in Irvine
--  Wednesday, September 2 -- Eaton Corporation in Irvine
--  Thursday, September 3 -- Western Digital in Irvine

Many of the Marines and Sailors started building the Habitat homes in San Juan Capistrano during June 2008, before they deployed to Iraq. When they return to the Habitat homebuilding site this week, they will get to see the fruits of their labor. The homes they started building then are now completed, with landscaping, solar panels and happy families.

For more information, please contact Gladys Hernandez at 714-434-6200 ext. 229.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Joan Ziegler
    714.434.6200 ext.222
    Email Contact

    Gladys Hernandez
    714.434.6200 ext. 229
    Email Contact

    Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
    2200 S. Ritchey Street
    Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 434-6200
    Fax: (714) 434-1222