News: Bliss marches for the military child
Story by Sgt. Edward Garibay
FORT BLISS, Texas – More than 650 people from the Fort Bliss community assembled for a two-mile walk to bring awareness to the Month of the Military Child, child abuse and sexual assault at Kelly Park, here, April 13.
The ninth annual “MCCASA Walk” was the largest to date and provided families with the support of an entire neighborhood, said Sharon Brown, family advocacy specialist for Army Community Service.
Afterwards, families had the opportunity to gather valuable information about the different causes and enjoy entertainment at the park.
The smiling faces of children marching with their parents were only precursors to the sounds of laughter that filled the park. The 1st Armored Division Band put on a concert, children won prizes such as bicycles and young ones could even bring in their stuffed animals for a “checkup” at the Teddy Bear Clinic.
Bouncy floats, video games, rock climbing walls and various other activity stations sprung from every corner.
“A walk like this on a beautiful day like this means a lot to our children,” said Brown, who helped organize the event. “Although our soldiers are sacrificing, our children are sacrificing too, so this is a way to give back to them as well.”
“I had so much fun,” exclaimed Isaac Richard, a military child at the event, as he threw his arms in the air.
The park truly had something for everyone that day, said Dale Patrick, lead troop educator for domestic violence at ACS. Most importantly, families got to spend time together while learning about the ways to better provide for and protect their children.
“Our children are very important,” he said. “We want to make sure they get the resources they need. It’s all about the kids.”
Among the agencies represented were ACS, American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Of El Paso, Child Crisis Center, The El Paso Child Guidance Center, El Paso Emporium, Family Resilience Center, Shaolin Wu Shu Kung Fu Academy, Stork’s Nest and West Texas Young Marines.
For more information about any of these agencies, contact ACS at 915-569-4227.