Mother Goose is happy to perform a double salute today!
First of all, I salute the Junior ROTC students at Benito Juarez Community Academy in the city of Chicago for purchasing and packing “Family Packs” for families who are going through the “reintegration phase” of the military deployment cycle.
These teens, mostly from the Pilsen and “back of the yards” neighborhoods, were kind enough to think of others and then do something about it. Families who have a mom or dad serving in the Illinois National Guard experience stress on many levels and at different times during deployment. The children in these families know so well that life in their family is different than it used to be before the parent left for Afghanistan.
These Family Packs are equipped with fun art supplies, games and books for families to enjoy together and get to know one another all over again.
Hip hip hooray for the students at Benito Juarez! I salute you and thank you from the bottom of my feathery old heart!
Secondly, I would like to recognize and salute the organization who will deliver these Family Packs to the actual families for whom they are intended. Operation Military Kids is a nationwide military family support not-for-profit group which conducts many, many wonderful activities to help families through these times of crisis.
Yesterday, Mother Goose was honored to meet two key women who work with Operation Military Kids right here in Illinois: Linda Kupferschmid and Christie Weiss. These ladies traveled many hundreds of miles from Springfield and Champaign, Illinois to receive these Family Packs as well as to present the special purpose of Operation Military Kids and the four phases of the deployment cycle to three different JROTC classes at the high school.
Talk about devotion and dedication to a very important cause!
I would like to add right here and now that Mrs. Weiss is a military spouse and mom — her husband served in Afghanistan with the Illinois National Guard in 2008, a very dangerous time to be deployed. In fact, his unit suffered extreme casualties — they lost 18 men during the twelve months in which they were deployed. Thankfully, Christie’s husband came home safe and sound. God bless those families and let’s always remember to pray for the Gold Star Families in our country.
Remember April is The Month of the Military Child, and Mother Goose is excited to announce that next Monday, April 15th is Purple Up Day — a day to wear purple in support of children of servicemembers in all branches of the military. Don’t forget to get your Purple Up, folks!