PATTAYA, Thailand – Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) participated in a Community Service project at the Banglamung Home for Boys in Pattaya Nov. 20.
The Navy League and the Boys Home superintendent Chamaiporn Vithayaperl sponsored the community service project, where sailors spent the day playing with the children and learning about programs offered at the orphanage.
The Boys Home houses and educates approximately 60 boys ranging in age from 7 to 18 years old. The children introduced themselves to Lassen’s Sailors and immediately began teaching them several games they enjoyed playing.
“These kids are great and I am glad to help out with the program,” said Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) 1st Class Farah Bautista. “I come from a similar background and know how important this is to them.”
Many of the games, geared to enhance listening and math skills, provided a fun challenge for children and Sailors alike.
“We are having a lot of fun together,” said Ens. Mike Ramsey. “But it is clear we are outmatched on the soccer field.”
Sailors and children relaxed following their recreation by sharing music and enjoying fresh lemonade and snacks. The event concluded with a group photo and Sailors presented Lassen ball caps to express their appreciation to the Boys Home for their hospitality.
Lassen is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and is currently assisting in disaster relief efforts in Thailand.