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Preparedness Class Held for Kids of Military Families

(Bethlehem, PA) July 21, 2013 – On Saturday, July 20th, the American Red Cross SAF Program held a Deployment Readiness and Preparedness Training for children of military families. The event was held at the Navy Reserve Center in Allentown, PA. Approximately 20 children, ages 6 to 18 participated. Jennifer Pierce, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services Director said, “We are providing children of military families with tools and skills necessary to assist them with the transition of their deployed family member to another country.”

The curriculum included Preparedness Training and Cultural Training. Younger children were then provided with a class on astronomy – specifically, constellations and staying connected with the family member by observing the stars. Older children created a secret code and a wallet in order to exchange messages with the deployed parent. Operation Military Kids provided supplies for the event.

You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS, (1-800-733-2767). Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross, Northeast Pennsylvania Region, 2200 Avenue A, Bethlehem, PA 18017, or any one of the local Red Cross chapters.

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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.