USO seeks financial donations, volunteers for holiday food bags

United Service Organization (USO) San Diego and the local Pepperdine Alumni Association are seeking financial contributions and volunteers for the annual Waves of Appreciation holiday food bag drive to benefit members of the armed forces flying home on holiday leave.

During the holidays, young service members spend long hours waiting at airports, where high food prices and the absence of meals on flights create financial challenges and hunger. Waves of Appreciation bags contain free snacks that are available on planes and in airports to stave off hunger pangs. Volunteers estimate the value of the bags, at airport food prices, to be about $70.

Volunteers are needed to stuff more than 3,000 bags. Monetary donations should be sent by Oct. 31. Any monetary donation received after Nov. 5 will be applied to the 2013 effort.

Checks or money orders can be sent to: USO San Diego (attention Ginger), 303 A Street, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92101. Checks should be made payable to “USO San Diego” and food bags should be placed on the memo line. For more information, e-mail La Jolla USO volunteer and Pepperdine alumnus Claudette Berwin at or Reed Reichert at