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(Editor's note:The following story was written and provided to 13News Now by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory White, USS Theodore Roosevelt [CVN 71] Public Affairs)


USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, At Sea -- Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) teamed up to decorate and stuff Christmas stockings for children at the Gatewood Preschool for Educating Exceptional People (PEEP) School, Dec. 14.

Theodore Roosevelt's Sailors filled 100 stockings with books, toys and art supplies.

'We're doing this for children with special needs,' said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (handling) 3rd Class Amanda F. Cubit.

Holiday cheer filled the room as Sailors from various departments aboard the aircraft carrier gathered together to help with the project.

Theodore Roosevelt's Junior Enlisted Association (JEA) sponsored the stocking stuffing event, but some senior Sailors also attended.

'Everyone here has come together to give those kids a little part of Theodore Roosevelt for Christmas,' said Ship's Serviceman 1st Class Eugene J. Lee.

The PEEP School is a preschool in Newport News, Va. for children ages two to five who qualify for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Theodore Roosevelt Sailors plan to deliver the stockings Dec. 19.

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