Marines treated to baseball game, help stop hunger

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Lance Cpl. Devys Vasquez, left, and Lance Cpl. Nathan Kozak, both of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14, participate in the wheelbarrow race between innings at the Morehead City Marlins game. The two Marines won the contest.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 08:04 PM.

Cherry Point Marines volunteered to stop hunger and then enjoyed an evening of baseball in Morehead City.

More than a dozen personnel with the Single Marine Program attended the Morehead City Marlins baseball game at Big Rock Stadium. The event was set up through the Single Marine Program and the Military Affairs Committee of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce.

The first order of business for the Marines was as volunteers for the Stop Hunger Now campaign. They joined dozens of other volunteers in creating pre-packaged meals. In what was an assembly-line production, the Marines helped gather rice, vitamins and other food in a pre-packaged meal that would be sent to the hungry throughout the world.

“It was pretty competitive,” Lance Cpl. Kathryn Menchaca, of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14, said of their efforts to package more meals than other groups. “It was pretty exciting.”

In total, all the volunteers packaged 10,000 meals in about 90 minutes before the baseball game.

“Every time we would get 1,000, they would ding a bell,” Menchaca said.

Then, it was time for baseball. The Morehead City Marlins, a member of the Coastal Plain League, took on the Edenton Steamers in a doubleheader.

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