St. Landry Junior Leaders Support Operation Military Kids

Lisa Benoit, Thomas, Leslie C.  |  10/4/2011 11:19:54 PM

The St. Landry Parish 4-H Junior Leader Club has decided to participate in the Operation Military Kids program for their 2011-2012 service-learning project.  Operation Military Kids helps young people whose parents are being deployed in increasing numbers by the National Guard and Army Reserve for extended assignments. Though these youth do not relocate, their lives are changed dramatically when a parent suddenly is deployed. 

Goals of Operation Military Kids
*    Create community support networks for military youth when parents are deployed.

*    Support military kids coping with the stress of knowing their deployed parents may be in harm’s way.

*    Deliver recreational, social and educational programs for military youth living in civilian communities.

*    Educate the public on the impact of the deployment cycle on Soldiers, families, kids and the
      community.

Hero Packs
As part of our Operation Military Kids Project, we are starting a supply drive to make Hero Packs, which serve as a tangible expression of support for military families from their communities.  They are backpacks filled by non-military youth with mementos and items that help connect youth with their deployed parent.

These Hero Packs are a hands-on way for youth to hand deliver a salute to military children and youth for their strength and sacrifice while parents are deployed.

You can assist the 4‐H Junior Leader Club with this service project by collecting and donating any of the following items needed to make the Hero Packs:

*    Fun Items:  stuffed animal, Frisbee, stickers, puzzle and other non‐breakable games/toys.

*    Communication Tools:  disposable camera, photo album, stationery, journal.

*    Backpack or drawstring bag in which to put items.

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