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Red Cross Holds Events for Children and Spouses of Deployed Service Members
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Red Cross
July 7, 2009

Military deployments can be tough on families, so American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) does its upmost to support not only deployed service members, but also their children and spouses at home.

Children of deployed service members enjoyed a free 'Big Science' event in Harrisburg, Penn.
Children of deployed service members enjoyed a free “Big Science” event in Harrisburg, Penn.

Credit: Kathy Smyser, American Red Cross

Military spouses attended a Coping with Deployments session next door.
Military spouses attended a Coping with Deployments session next door.

Credit: Kathy Smyser, American Red Cross

The Red Cross of Susquehanna Valley (Penn.) recently hosted a “Big Science” event for children of deployed service members at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. The Whitaker Center houses hundreds of exhibits that explore science, mathematics and technology.

Red Cross staff supervised the children’s event, which included a private Big Science Theater show, an all-day pass to the Harsco Science Center and admission to a Select Medical Imax Theater film, along with refreshments and goody bags for everyone.

While the kids enjoyed the fun activities, the Red Cross also hosted a “Coping with Deployments” program for spouses at the adjacent Hilton Hotel.

Coping with Deployments is a course the Red Cross developed to help military family members respond to the stress and strain surrounding the deployment of a loved one. This is the only national-level course specifically designed for military families—including parents and significant others—that bridges all branches of the military and provides hands-on tools to help families cope with deployments.

The course in Harrisburg gave military spouses the chance to meet and mingle, and covered topics such as techniques to support children and how to successfully respond to the challenges that military family members may encounter throughout the deployment cycle.

Both events were free of charge, and due to the positive response, the Susquehanna Valley chapter plans to host a similar event later this year.

To see more photos from the “Big Science” event, visit the American Red Cross of Susquehanna Valley.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

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