Original Date: 01/26/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2003
Best Practice : Operation Paint Brush and Operation Christmas Spirit
Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) participates in a greater Corpus Christi area community program, Operation Paint Brush. This is a program in which several community organizations go out and paint the exterior of area houses owned by elderly or handicapped citizens. CCAD is assigned a number of houses of qualified participants and sends a team of 15 to 30 employees to scrape and paint the exterior of the house. The team also performs minor structural repair and cleans up the yard of the premises when the job is finished. Depot personnel are assigned to specific teams, which in turn are assigned to specific houses. Most of the work is targeted for the June time frame. The Depot has participated in the program since 1985, and to date has painted approximately 280 houses. Local merchants donate the painting supplies, while local organizations like CCAD supply the manpower. This program has been a tremendous success for the community and Depot personnel who donate their time, while the homeowner saves approximately $2,000 for the job.
The Depot also founded a project called Operation Christmas Spirit. This program provides gifts and fruit baskets to elderly community residents in 16 area nursing homes. The gifts are provided to approximately 2,500 area residents. The Depot raises money through various bake sales to buy the gifts. A Depot employee is assigned to each nursing home and given the names of the elderly. That person ascertains what type of gift they want or need, buys the gift, and delivers it during the holidays. This program was founded solely by CCAD, and is a tremendous community relations program for the Depot.
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