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Red Cross & Colorado National Guard Host Event in Grand Junction to Prepare Military Families

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Grand Junction — The Colorado National Guard Family Programs and the American Red Cross will host an all-day “military life” event on Saturday, July 21, to help youth understand and cope with the challenges of living in a military family.

The Mesa Youth Day will provide a mix of fun activities and helpful training and information so that children with parents in the military are better prepared for what life is like when a parent goes to drill or even during a deployment. The Red Cross will also teach a free “hands-only” CPR training to participants to provide valuable safety training for the families.

“Mesa Youth Day” for all military branches and their families

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, July 21

Family Readiness Center, 2820 Riverside Parkway, Grand Junction, CO 81501

“Life changes significantly when a parent is gone for 9 months to a year at a stretch, and we hope to provide kids and parents with some resources and preparation to make that transition a little easier,” said Laurie Burke from CONG.

The event will feature static displays, sewing welcome home banners as well as night vision goggles, gun simulators, climbing ropes, learning “hands-only” CPR and much more.

Organizers expect 30 families to attend from CO Army National Guard and other branches.

The Red Cross is supporting the event as part of its Service to the Armed Forces. Although best known for disaster response, the Red Cross in fact has its roots in service to members of the military and their families, starting with its founding by “Angel of the Battlefield” Clara Barton in 1881. Red Cross volunteers have provided services for members of the military through all major U.S. wars dating back to Spanish-American War; today, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces includes providing emergency communications between deployed military members and their families back home, as well as support for military families while their loved ones are deployed. For more information, visit www.coloradoredcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.