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Marines repair a ceiling at a Beaufort children’s shelter July 22. Marines donated their time and energy to remodel the shelter, so that it may house more children. The Marines are with Marine Wing Support Squadron 273, Marine Aircraft Group 31.

Photo by Lance Cpl, Samantha Torres

Air Station Marines help remodel children’s shelter

30 Jul 2015 | Lance Cpl. Samantha K. Torres Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

The sounds of the saw and drills were constant. Saw dust flew all around, and Marines were carrying in one piece of material after another.

Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 donated their spare time and energy to help remodel a children’s shelter July 20-24.

"We had a Marine who started the project, and we are finishing it for him," said Sgt. Anthony Williams, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the combat engineer platoon for MWSS-273.

Gunnery Sgt. Gregory Salinas started the program, and now 15 Marines and one civilian are carrying out his plans.

"We reached out to MWSS-273 to see if they could donate their time and labor, and they did," said Christina Wilson, the executive director of the Child Abuse Prevention Association of Beaufort. "They are doing an outstanding job."

The Marines remodeled the inside of the shelter, allowing it to house five more children.

"We’re all doing our small part to ensure the children have a place to stay," said Wilson.

The shelter has been in Beaufort for nearly 30 years. The shelter’s mission is to break the viscous cycle of child abuse and neglect through community outreach and with the help from the Marines of MWSS-273 they can now reach out and help more children.