While on deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations, Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, alongside the staff of Cooperative Security Location, Comalapa, participated in a community relations project at the Love and Hope Orphanage May 11.

Sailors spent the day playing sports and board games with the children, and closed it out by sharing food and distributing school supplies.

“Helping out at Love and Hope for the afternoon was an awesome experience.” said Lt. Michael Edmonson.

“These kids come from unfortunate circumstances, and to bring fun and joy to them was very rewarding.”

Rachel Sanson, the founder of Love and Hope, voiced her appreciation of the support provided by the military members.

“We have a special relationship with the military deployed here to El Salvador and appreciate their continued support for our orphanage and our children.”

VP-45 continues a long tradition of developing and fostering communal relations with nation of El Salvador. Events like this serve to improve the lives of the orphaned children and strengthen ties with partner nations.