Gratitude comes in different forms. To celebrate Military Appreciation Month in May, Torrance Refinery employees partnered with South Bay Sunrise Rotary Club to host a Spring drive to support incoming families at Camp Pendleton. To show their gratitude for those serving in our nation’s Armed Forces, employees donated diapers, clothes, baby shower tubs, furniture, books and a myriad of household items.
Refinery employee and military veteran Larry Steiner recalls, “People are unaware of the struggles that military families experience. For example, when they move to base camps such as Camp Pendleton, they usually only bring what they can fit in their suitcase and live on a very low income to support their families.”
The refinery’s Spring Drive helps fill the “Warrior Warehouse,” where Camp Pendleton families can pick what they need to furnish their apartment, set up a kitchen, or care for the daily well-being of their young children. More than 70,000 Marines and almost ten thousand children under the age of five years old live at the base. Additionally, more than 160 babies are born on the base each month – one can only imagine how many diapers are changed every day.