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On Saturday, members of U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center, or ICC, participated in the 6th annual Bright Minds with Bright Futures Book-bag giveaway in Salisbury, Maryland.

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Members of the Coast Guard's Intelligence Coordination Center participate in the sixth annual Bright Minds with Bright Futures book-bag giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chucky Smiley.
Members of the Coast Guard’s Intelligence Coordination Center participate in the sixth annual Bright Minds with Bright Futures book-bag giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chucky Smiley.

On a day-to-day basis, the Coast Guard’s Intelligence Coordination Center, or ICC, is responsible for carrying out a myriad of responsibilities related to the Commandant’s intelligence priorities. As the Coast Guard’s lead strategic level intelligence analysis and production center, the men and women who work there stay pretty busy.

But, on Saturday, six members of the ICC took time from their routine responsibilities to help with something entirely different: assisting in a local book-bag giveaway to help the local community.

Partnering with the Extraordinary League of Gentleman, Inc., a non-profit organization, the members of the ICC participated in the sixth annual Bright Minds with Bright Futures Book-bag giveaway. The event was created to assist local, disadvantaged families by providing essential items, such as book-bags and school supplies, for children heading back to school in September.

The event also gave the members from the ICC time to interact with the local youth, allowing Coast Guard men and women to mentor the children and promote the importance of education.

Families wait in line to receive book bags full of school supplies for the upcoming school year. Photo courtesy of Chucky Smiley.
Families wait in line to receive book bags full of school supplies for the upcoming school year. Photo courtesy of Chucky Smiley.

This year’s event was a tremendous success as the ICC assisted with the donation of approximately 1,200 book-bags filled with school supplies to local children from communities in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

“This event was easily our biggest book-bag giveaway,” said Chucky Smiley, founder of the Extraordinary League of Gentlemen, Inc., and a Coast Guard civilian employee assigned to the ICC.

“It was a great volunteer event to be a part of, seeing all the kids and families that turned out for it and benefited from the generosity of others,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Midas, a Coast Guard ICC member that participated in the event.

The ICC has participated in this book-bag drive for two years, contributing to the donation of more than 1,500 book-bags filled with essential school supplies for local, disadvantages youth.

Bravo Zulu to Petty Officer 1st Class Nader Farraj, Mr. Kerry Mitchell, Mr. Chucky Smiley, Ensign Tyler Sherman, Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Midas and Lt. Cmdr. Demetrius Cheeks for going above and beyond to represent the Coast Guard core values in their community!

Note: This blog post is presented for the general interest of all hands. The Coast Guard cannot and does not officially endorse non-federal entities or their fundraising activities and the Coast Guard does not urge anyone to donate to any non-federal entity. The information is presented solely for the general awareness and interest of Coast Guard members.

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