Coast Guard Helps Deliver Vitamins to Ecuador

FORWARD OPERATING LOCATION MANTA, Ecuador – “Vitamins for the World,” a non-profit organization that provides vitamins and minerals to children and adults, will donate 913,800 vitamins to numerous schools and orphanages Feb. 8, in the Manta area. In addition, the Por Amor Foundation, in Montanita Verde, will receive a generator, which will provide running water from an existing well.

The vitamins will be delivered on a U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 airplane, which is deploying from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., to Manta. Once the pallets are off-loaded, they will be given to Bob Eredics, director of “Vitamins for the World,” who is in Manta from Bradenton, Fla. He will then distribute the vitamins to various organizations, such as: Pan de Vida, Emmanual School, Agustin Tomala, Iglesia Bautista Ambato, Comunidad de Esperanza, Carmen Bajo, Remanso de Amor, Nuevos Amigos, Casa Nic, and Fundation Por Amor, impacting 5,050 adults and children.

“Vitamins for the World” provides both financial and logistical support to ensure that these products are available to help people overcome vitamin and mineral deficiencies. For more information about “Vitamins for the World,” go to: http://www.vitamins4theworld.org/index.html.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Forward Operatiing Location to help get vitamins to those who need them the most in the local community, and we’re glad that we could help make it happen. A donation of this magnitude will greatly benefit the less fortunate here within Manabi Province,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Leonard, Forward Operating Location Manta Commander.

The U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 is deployed to Manta in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South’s efforts in the Eastern Pacific Ocean to stop transnational narcotics movement. As a result of missions launched from Manta, already in 2008, 19 metric tons of drugs, valued at $392 million have been seized.

“It’s an honor and privilege to work along side the U.S. Air Force providing aide to the people of Manabi Province. Humanitarian outreach and support are at the core of all Coast Guard missions, and we are very pleased we could be of assistance,” said Coast Guard Cdr. Robert D. Phillips, Executive Officer Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.

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