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Global Positioning Systems Wing Supports Redondo Beach Families during Holidays

Captains Trey Smith, Dina Marion, and Nicholas Feranec are more than happy to show off the food items collected for the GPSW Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Courtesy photo)

(left to right) Captains Trey Smith, Dina Marion, and Nicholas Feranec are more than happy to show off the food items collected for the GPSW Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Courtesy photo)

Capt. Trey Smith (center) receives a check for $100 Los Angeles AFB Base Commissary representatives in support of GPSW Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Courtesy photo)

Capt. Trey Smith (center) receives a $100 check from the Los Angeles AFB Commissary representatives in support of GPSW Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Courtesy photo)

Capt. Garrett Knowlan (left) and Lt. Col. Jon Anderson inspects the boxes full of donated food headed for the Redondo Beach Salvation Army before delivery. (Courtesy photo)

Capt. Garrett Knowlan (left) and Lt. Col. Jon Anderson inspects the boxes full of donated food before delivery to the Redondo Beach Salvation Army . (Courtesy photo)

Boxes of food delivered to the Salvation Army are stacked in the holding area prior to delivery to needy families in Redondo Beach. (Courtesy photo)

Boxes of food delivered to the Salvation Army are stacked in the holding area prior to delivery to needy families in Redondo Beach. (Courtesy photo)

Los Angeles Air Force Base -- The Global Positioning Systems Wing delivered 91 boxes of food to the Salvation Army, Redondo Beach Corps., following a four-week food drive campaign culminating on Nov. 25. Each box consisted of 19 items of food, which were recommended by the Salvation Army. One standardized family package consisted of rice, milk, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, beans, and soup. The average cost to build one box was roughly $24.50. In support of the Wing's honorary commander, Mayor Mike Gin of Redondo Beach, the men and women of GPSW donated more than $2,250 worth of food towards this worthy cause. 

As members of the GPSW Company Grade Officer Council, Capts. Trey Smith and Anil Hariharan orchestrated the food drive effort and played an integral part in the wing far exceeding its goal to feed 50 Redondo Beach families. In addition to the generous donations from the members of GPSW, the base commissary also joined in the action by graciously contributing $100 toward the cause. Captain Smith accepted the donation, which helped to feed four additional families. With the charitable support of the base commissary and benevolence of the GPS Wing military, civilian, and contractor personnel, the wing was able to nearly double its goal and bring joy to many families this holiday season. 

Col. Dave Madden, GPS Wing commander, noted, "The efforts of our Wing's CGOC are really making a positive difference in Redondo Beach this holiday season. I'm grateful we have so many people who leapt at the opportunity to help those in need, especially during these tough economic times."