Girls Inc. members tour BG Randolph Millholland Armory

June 03, 2013
  • Sixth-graders went shopping and put together Hero Packs at Girls Inc. to be delivered. Sitting, from left, are Amaya Shirley, Faith Osuji, Denae Reynolds and Christine Free.
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On May 23, several members of Girls Inc. of Washington County started their Memorial Day observance early by visiting the BG Randolph Millholland Armory in Hagerstown. 

They were there as part of a partnership with Girls Inc., the Maryland National Guard Child and Youth Program and Operation Military Kid. 

Girls in sixth grade through high school put together Hero Packs that will be given to children of military service members who will be deployed in the upcoming months.

The Hero Packs are backpacks filled with a disposable camera, mini photo album, stationery, postage and handmade cards from Girls Inc. members addressed to the children of military service members. 

The packs are a way for Girls Inc. to support the families by providing a variety of supplies to communicate with their loved ones, while at the same time showing their appreciation for their service to our country. 

Girls Inc. was able to complete this project through a Hasbro generationOn Clubs Start-up Grant.

While the girls were at the National Guard Armory to deliver the Hero Packs, they learned about the National Guard, and the difference between the National Guard and full-time military.

They toured the grounds, saw Humvees and heard stories from military members about what it is like when military units come to the armory for drills.

 It marked the first time the girls visited the National Guard Armory and they were excited to learn about this particular branch of the military, as well as provide something special for the families of the service members.

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