Red Cross helping military kids attend camp

Today’s military families – active duty, National Guard, Reserve and veterans – are spread across the United States. Many live far from military installations and the support services they offer – but few are far from a Red Cross chapter.

FINDLAY, OH, JANUARY 8, 2014 - Children of service members often deal with anxiety and fear when their loved ones are away from home, protecting our country. The American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties’ Armed Forces Family Network is helping local military kids deal with these challenges by offering an opportunity to attend a summer camp especially for them and their peers.

In Ohio, there are several summer camps offered by Operation: Military Kids that help military children and families face those fears and make friendships with other families going through similar experiences. The Armed Forces Family Network will be awarding local military kids scholarships to attend these camps. Scholarship applications are now available at www.redcross.org/hancock and at the Red Cross offices in Findlay, Tiffin and Upper Sandusky. The deadline for applications is February 7, 2014.

Funding for the camp scholarship is part of a grant for the Armed Forces Family Network provided by Handbags That Help. Handbags That Help (HTH) is a local women’s giving circle formed in 2007 by a group of women committed to dramatically improving lives throughout the Greater Hancock County community by collectively funding significant grants to charitable projects. In six years, Handbags that Help has granted more than $262,000 to support local nonprofit organizations.

Operation: Military Kids camps available in the summer of 2014 include:

Troop & Family Camps

Troop & Family Camps were designed so that the entire family can spend a fun-filled weekend together strengthening ties and building camraderie with other military families.

HERO Camps

The purpose of the HERO Camps is to help Ohio's military kids to become more resilient and prepared to manage the stresses of growing up in a military family

Residential Camp at Kelleys Island, Lake Erie, Ohio

This camping experience brings military youth from all over the state to participate in community service, build relationships with their peers who share similar experiences, learn resiliency, develop habits for healthy living, and instill pride in being a military kid.

Full descriptions of the camps available and dates and locations can be found at http://www.ohio4h.org/4-h-youth/ohio-4-h-statewide-programs/operation-military-kids/camping-opportunities

Today’s military families – active duty, National Guard, Reserve and veterans – are spread across the United States. Many live far from military installations and the support services they offer – but few are far from a Red Cross chapter. The Red Cross addresses the unique characteristics of today’s military service members and their families, enabling and empowering military families to successfully prepare for, manage and transition through the challenges of military life.

For more information about the Armed Forces Family Network, call 419-422-9322, visit redcross.org/hancock or e-mail todd.james@redcross.org.