Our children are our greatest resource, and we should do what we can to nurture them. I hope everyone will take the time to help our children.

Be on the lookout for a Youth Hero and Good Deed Award recipient. Contact me for applications. Youth Hero example - A young person saves a child from drowning. Good Deed example - A young person holds a bake sale to raise money for a local charity.

Josh Dog Kits are a great way to help bring comfort to a child in the hospital or who will be going into the hospital. The kit includes Josh the dog and the I'll Be O.K. book. There's also the G.I. Josh for children who have a parent(s) in the military, which also includes an I'll Be O.K. book. Cuddling a Josh dog will bring joy to a child going through a scary and stressful time. To order a gift set go to http://www.joshandfriends.com and help a child. You can also email info@joshandfriends.com or call 1-877-455-2365.

Other ways to help is to donate to the Department Children & Youth scholarship. The scholarship is for $2000.00 and it is important for each unit to give to this worthy cause. This scholarship cannot be given without your help. When filling out your unit's Department obligations and donation sheet please be generous to this very important scholarship. Thank you in advance!

The Department Children & Youth Project will consist of 2 projects. The first one is Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention; this grassroots organization provides grants

and funding for mental health initiatives. They work with area schools. Their message is "You Are Not Alone" reminds us that we must work together to improve mental health. I would like us to raise $2,000.00. The second project is suitcases for children in Foster Care. When children are moved from their homes for safety reasons, they leave with their belongings in trash bags. I would like each Unit to donate a new, nearly new, or good condition suitcases to a Foster Care Agency near you. I will have a list of agencies in the next bulletin. When you drop off the suitcases, please wear one of your Auxiliary shirts and take pictures. Send your pictures to me and be sure to post them on your Facebook page. Let us be the reason every child in foster care has their own suitcase!



Children and Youth

Carole Manzo

Sally Fayer
Vice Chairman

Chris McKay
Junior Chairman