Staff and volunteers at the USO Center Ali Al Salem in Kuwait decided the place could use a little renovating. Center Manager Valerie A. Burnham explained a bit of the overhaul:
“The first 2 photos are ‘before’…The last photos are ‘after’…
We painted the walls a warm butter yellow with gray/green inlay to give our USO a more ‘homey’ feel. We also divided the big living room into two sections, U-shaping the couches to provide a modern appearance. We also fixed the couches and cleaned them. We hung two TV’s on each side of the room, one over the fire place.
We painted the movie room dark green, dark purple, and maroon, added new berber carpet (donated, and volunteers removed old and installed new) that we can remove once a month and actually clean! We hung black curtains to block out light, and to give it a movie room feel. I spent hours with the cleaning crew to clean the tile (looks brand new).
We also repainted the UTR room w/ original art work by Petty Officer Albert Lopez, one of our top volunteers.
THE COST = Less than $500.00 . . we did all the work ourselves along with volunteers.”
Wow! All we can say is WOW. The renovations look amazing and we’re so proud of our staff, volunteers, and everyone else who made this happen. Great work!
Michael Phelps, publisher of The Washington Examiner, presents a check to Sloan Gibson, president and CEO of the USO.
Michael Phelps (L) and Sloan Gibson
When asked why he had selected the USO as a beneficiary, Phelps said, “What America’s troops are doing is extraordinary and we owe them a lot in return; the USO is first on our list of recipients, because that’s where the money will do the most good for our troops and their families.”
A volunteer at the James S. McDonnell USO took these photos, showing just a few of the thousands of Troops traveling through Lambert Airport on their way home for Block Leave. Arriving via bus, Troops made their way to the Center as early as 2:00AM. By the end of the season, over 8,000 Troops will fly out of St. Louis!
Thanks to all of the USO staff, volunteers, and everyone who comes out to greet the Troops!