Part of the Red Cross mission is to provide assistance to military members and their families. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to hold a camp for children of veterans or parents deployed with the military this past weekend in Gastonia.
The point of the camp – called Create a Master Plan – was to provide children with valuable safety information but have fun at the same time.
Kids learned from hands-on activities such as Citizens CPR and Pet First Aid. Red Cross volunteers also taught emergency preparedness, flu prevention and water safety.
Joining the Red Cross on Saturday were the Gaston County Police K9, Gaston County amateur radio and Belmont Fire Department. Also there were representatives from a new program Horses for Forces, which is horse therapy for children of deployed men and women.