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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