SAN DIEGO – Members of the military who are traveling through Lindbergh Field during the holidays will be greeted with a gift of appreciation.
More than 1,200 service members will receive an ‘appreciation bag’ as they head home for holiday this week thanks to Pepperdine Alumni Group 'Waves of Service' and the USO volunteers.
U.S. Marine Taylor Nave received the surprise at USO Airport Center in Lindbergh Field on Sunday while waiting to travel to Lawson, Missouri.
“We don’t make a lot to do what we do,” Nave said. “I won’t have to spend any money now on food on the airplane, so it’s going to help a lot.”
Around 500 bags were filled Sunday. Each bag was filled with Cliff nutrition bar, dried sliced fruit, Scooby snacks, graham crackers, beef jerky and more.
“We give those bags in case they have another layover and they don’t have the money to buy food,” said Bobby Woods, Director of the Neil Ash Airport Center.
The group raised $22,000 this year to buy the supplies for the bags. They were so successful they’re planning on doing it again next year.
“This is our way of saying thank you for the service you give our country,” said Reed Reichert, Waves of Service. “These young men and women wear our nations cloth and we’re very proud of what they do.'
It’s a small bag with a huge impact.
'They’re doing it out of the kindness of their heart. It makes you feel good to know that somebody would actually volunteer their time,” said Nave.