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Accomplishment Spotlight: VISTA Members at Operation Military Kids of Delaware “Purple Up!” for Month of the Military Child Observance April 30, 2012

Posted by servicecorpsnews in Accomplishment Spotlight.
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April is designated the “Month of the Military Child.” And with that designation, there’s no better time for Delaware residents to mobilize in support of the children and youth of their state who belong to military families. That mobilization took place April 13 at a statewide “Purple Up! Celebration” sponsored by Operation Military Kids of Delaware.

Military children and youth from across the state attended the celebration as well as public officials, small business owners, educators, volunteer coordinators, health and personal fitness trainers and community philanthropists. Military youth made arts and crafts and learned about the different countries to which their family member(s) may have been deployed.

In addition to the event itself, OMK of Delaware encouraged all Delaware residents to wear purple on April 13 as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. (Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military.)

Two American Legion Auxiliary Call to Service Corps Members assigned to OMK Delaware, by way of Points of Light and the Delaware State Office of Volunteerism, were critical to the planning and execution of the Purple Up! Celebration. VISTA member Michelle Lee secured all of the food and raffle donations for the event. VISTA member Whitney Towns managed the celebration promotion, including securing local media outlet coverage of the event.

OMK of Delaware declared the event a great success that succeeded expectations due in large part to the efforts of the VISTA members! Most important, the participating children enjoyed themselves and felt very special that so many people in their community were interested in supporting them.

To learn more about Operation Military Kids please visit: www.operationmilitarykids.org

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