Coast Guard recruits
Coast Guard recruits

Operation Fireside works to find homes for Coast Guard recruits to spend Christmas.

“Just to put all this effort, just for us, people they don’t even know,” said Ashley Persich, Coast Guard recruit, “I think it’s really wonderful.”

Persich is one of about 200 young people taking a break from the Coast Guard’s demanding eight week bootcamp at its Cape May Training Center by spending Christmas with a South Jersey family.

One volunteer who opened her home prepared sweets and stocked the fridge with soda, just a few of the items recruits are not permitted to eat while on the base.


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