Local Teens Assemble Hero Packs

UNION COUNTY – Four high school students from the Union County 4-H Program, Bria Barnes and Lilia Perez of Scotch Plains, Lindsay Nichnadowicz of Cranford and Paul Szetela of Elizabeth recently assembled Hero Packs while attending the North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference.  The packs are part of a nationwide effort to support children of deployed National Guard and US Army Reserve service members.


The packs contain items to heal the pains of separation, such as a picture frame for their parent’s picture, writing paper to send letters, pencils, a photo album and a journal.  All items had the words “My Hero.”


“I really feel bad for these children,” said Nichnadowicz.  “It must be very hard to have your parents be away for such a long time.  I really hope the Hero Packs give the children some fun.”


Approximately 100 packs were assembled by teens from the Union County 4-H Program and other 4-H teens.  The sponsors of the packs were the Cumberland Farms Company and the Operation: Military Kids (OMK) Initiative.  OMK is a partnership of Army Child and Youth Services, USDA National 4-H Headquarters, and the Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development.  The Hero Packs will be distributed at the Westfield National Guard Armory in the fall.

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