Yesterday, Blue Star Families and K.I.D.S. kicked off the inaugural Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces event as part of the White House’s summer service initiative, United We Serve. Military families attending the event were treated to activities like coloring a banner for the troops, coloring and decorating popsicle stick picture frames. There were balloon creatures to be had, temporary tattoos for everyone and cake. Lots of cake.
There were booths from organizations like Fleet and Family Support, FOCUS, United Concordia and the Armed Services YMCA, among others. The Chick-Fil-A cow made an appearance and BSF raffled off coupons and DVD’s from Lifetime Television’s Army Wives.
Oh and we can’t forget the BOOKS!
Service members and a representative from Senator Mark Warner’s office read for the kids and BSF and K.I.D.S. gave each of the kids a book to take home.
My kids had a great time, even if we did have to peel our 3 year old off of the ceiling a few times, and passed out in the car on the way home. That is the mark of the perfect event for kids – exhaustion on the way home!
To find out more about the Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces program and to see if an event is coming to your area soon, email Programs@BlueStarFam.org. You can see more photos on the Blue Star Families Flickr page.
Filed under: BSF Events, Steph HN | Tagged: Armed Services YMCA, Army Wives, Books on Bases, Chick Fil A, Fleet and Family Support Services, K.I.D.S., Lifetime Television, United Concordia, United We Serve |