Members of U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center took some time out on Saturday to assist the Extraordinary League of Gentlemen in making sure disadvantanged youth on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore had new bookbags and supplies heading into the school year.
“E.L.O.G.’s annual Bright Minds with Bright Futures Bookbag Giveaway was created to assist disadvantaged families in the area by providing basic essentials [bookbags & school supplies] for kids heading back to school in September,” said Chucky Smiley, founder of the Extraordinary League of Gentlemen, Inc., and a Coast Guard civilian assigned to the Intelligence Coordination Center. “Many of these kids and their families live in poverty-stricken neighborhoods, so these free bookbags filled with school supplies eases some of the financial burden on these families during this time of the year. Additionally, this event allows E.L.O.G. the opportunity to mentor to the kids and promote the importance of obtaining an education.”
Each year the book bag giveaway has grown. In 2010, E.L.O.G. gave away nearly 40 bookbags. In 2011, they set a goal of 50 bookbags and surpassed expectations by supplying more than 80 children with new bookbags. In 2012, the goal was to give away 100 bookbags and resulted in 188 bookbags. This year, E.L.O.G. gave away close to 400 bookbags, which doubled their 2013 goal of 200 bookbags.
Bravo zulu to Smiley, Lt. Audrey Ested, IS2 Bradley Weatherington and IS2 Michele Pike for going above and beyond to represent our core values in the community!