Petes Diner, a Capitol Hill hangout for decades has been transformed into “support central” for the National Guard, Capitol Police and others providing security to Capitol Hill in cooperation with the Chaplain of Capitol Hill.
Longtime patron, Captain Phillip Bush, Navy retired, helped organize the outreach which includes providing toiletries, socks, daily necessities and more says, “they are all amazing – what started out as helping a few of our troops has grown to a full time operation and in addition to the meals, people are sending supplies for the troops from throughout the country from aspirin to snacks to canned food – anything to help out our troops in their dubious campaign.
He glowingly shows cards, letters and supplies sent from throughout the country saying, just today we have orders for meals from troops – 20 meals for troops from New Mexico, 53 for those from Maine, 60 for a group of troops from New York and another 15 from California for a total of 148 which just came in”.
Owner Mrs. Gum, originally from Malaysia was suddenly confronted by troops from throughout America coming to her diner beginning in January looking for a hot meal and a place to take a break from the occupation and what started as a project with Captain Bush for a meal on the house has grown to nearly 10,000 meals to date provided to the National Guard, Capitol Police and other staff caring for Capitol Hill.
Meanwhile, in the middle of it all a little good news and cheer for the a with anyone wanting to help can send anything for the troops or a check to defray some of the costs to:
212 Second St. SE, 20003 to make a difference or
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