Packed up and ready to go! The Basslers packed up all the donations to the Herald's "Help our Sailors at Sea" program. A total of 22 boxes was packed with all kinds of personal hygiene items, snacks, activity books and other items. All items were brought to the Herald office by the Herald's generous readers and subscribers. The boxes were shipped out to the USS Oak Hill via the United States Postal Service on Tuesday, May 12. Total postage was $509.01, covered by donations. Shown in the photo are (from left): Buster the Herald Dog, Helena Bassler, Karen Bassler and Coco The Backup Herald Dog. Helena, an elementary education major at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, recently completed her sophomore year of college with a 3.9 GPA for the semester. Not in the photo is Allan Bassler, who took the photo, and R.J. Bassler, who is serving aboard the USS Texas (SSN-775) submarine.
For the past two weeks, the Herald has been collecting items to be shipped to some of our U.S. sailors stuck at sea due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Space for personal items is very limited so most sailors don't carry too many back-up supplies. Now that port calls are restricted, many sailors have no way to replenish some of their every day personal items.
A letter from a U.S. sailor to her cousin was posted online asking for supplies. A certain U.S. Navy mom at the Herald went into "military mom mode" and asked for donations for any and all sailors stuck at sea.