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OMK offers free Durham Bulls ticket for donations, Aug. 24

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National Guard youngsters with hero packs.Photo courtesy N.C. OMKNational Guard youth receive Hero packs prepared by N.C. 4-H'ers. The backpacks include writing supplies for communicating with their deployed family member.

Media Contact: Scott Enroughty, 919.515.8500 or

Operation Military Kids — in partnership with the Durham Bulls and Wells Fargo – is sponsoring a special night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Wednesday, Aug. 24, as the Bulls take on the Norfolk Tides at 7:05 p.m. Fans who bring items for the
OMK Hero Packs will receive a free ticket to the game, courtesy of Wells Fargo.

Operation Military Kids is a program of N.C. 4-H Youth Development that supports youth who have a family member deployed overseas or recently returned from military deployment. 4-H’ers around the state create Hero Packs – backpacks with communication supplies and a personal letter of thanks – for military youth in North Carolina.

“Hero Packs are a tangible way for 4-H’ers to thank military youth for the sacrifices they make while their love ones are deployed,” said Scott Enroughty of N.C. State University’s Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences. “These backpacks contain items designed to keep youth connected with their deployed loved ones.”

Each year, North Carolina OMK distributes about 1,500 Hero Packs to military youth, Enroughty said. North Carolina is the nation’s fourth largest state in military population, and home to more than 109,000 military youth.

Hero Pack supplies include envelopes, stationary, disposable cameras, HERO pins, journals and writing instruments. A handwritten letter to the military youth recipient from a non-military youth personalizes the expression of support.

To support this effort and earn a ticket to the Bulls game Aug. 24, bring items from the list below to OMK tables outside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Patrons will receive a free ticket when items are dropped off.

Hero Packs are age appropriately designed for children 2-5 years old; 6-8 years old; 9-12 years old and 13-19 years old.

The following items are suggestions for the Durham Bulls Hero Pack Collection Event. The list is also available online at the Durham Bulls’ website.

School Supplies:
2 Dozen Pencils
2 Dozen Rulers
2 Dozen Pens
5 Pencil Pouches
2 Pack of Erasers
A pack of Bookmarks
2 packs of 8-count or 12-count Markers (washable)
2 boxes of 8-count or 12-count of Crayons
2 packs of 8-count or 12-count Colored Pencils

2 pack of Dental Floss
2 pack of Toothbrushes
2 pack of Toothbrush holders
2 packs of Pocket Tissues/Kleenex

Fun & Games:
Puzzles (small to fit in pack)
Puzzle Books
Coloring Books
2 pads of Stickers
2 pack of Yo-Yos
Scrapbook Supplies
New Stuffed Animals
Small Puzzle Books
3 Mini-Etch-O Sketches
4 Packs of Playing Cards
2 Regular Etch-O Sketches

Correspondence Supplies:
Phone cards
A Box of Stationery
A Book of 20 Stamps
2 Boxes Plain Envelopes
A Box of Assorted Greeting Cards

Photo Albums
Picture Frames
Small Scrapbooks
Disposable Cameras
Discount/ Gift Cards to Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
Gift Certificates/Cards for restaurants

*Age appropriate books for pleasure reading and/or as a resource to support children,
teachers, and families affected by military deployment.
–Written by Natalie Hampton, or 919.513.3128

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