Young Marines Pattaya recently supported the efforts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #9876, Pattaya’s Wives’ Club, the VFW Post and the 46th Special Forces Company (Airborne) Association with their donations to the kids at the Ban Kru Boonchoo Home.
Ban Kru Boonchoo is the home for abandoned Downs Syndrome kids. It is located in the Kilometer 10 area of Sattahip. The school has fifty children that live at the school full time. Another forty attend the school Mondays through Fridays.
VFW Wives Club president Rasikah Phongsri recommended the Home for donation, aided in the planning, purchasing of items to be donated and in the presentation at the Home. The VFW Post donated 25,000 baht for the project, to cover the donation of cash, rice, mama, milk, and other necessities. This also included many stuffed animals for the children. It took two pickup trucks to transport the donations. The 46th SFC donation of 50 kg of quality rice was transported separately. Young Marines L/Cpl Bret Mays donated 560 baht worth of new “Hot Wheels” cars, each wrapped in Christmas paper.
Young Marines L/Cpl Bret Mays, left, and VFW Post Commander Eric Larsen, being assisted by a student, unload the donations at the Ban Kru Boonchoo Home.
A presentation was given by Boonchoo Muangmaitong, CEO of the Home. Then the kids presented an extremely motivated dance show. After the show, recognition of the VFW Wives Club was given and thanks to all who assisted and donated to the day’s event. The event completed after the kids all sat down and had lunch served by the Wives Club members.
Residents at the Home perform a touching thank you dance.
The VFW Wives Club members and staff of the VFW Post/Hogs Breath, from left to right: Wan Bobenhouse, Fon Meek, Chompoo (staff) and daughter Fai, Wan Pen (staff), Dtik Goodman, Som Knickerbocker, Lek (staff), Wassana (staff), Bpum Horn, Rasikah Phongsri, Boonchoo Muangmaitong (CEO of the Home), Pet Luffman, Pitimon Bentley, and Goong Larsen.