More than 19,000 military youth live in Michigan – youth who must go on with life as usual while one or both parents serve overseas. Michigan State University Extension 4-H Operation: Military Kids (OMK) supports the children of men and women in the Marines, Army National Guard, Air Guard, Coast Guard, Army Reserves, Air Force, Navy, Navy Reserves and Marine Reserves, and children of Department of Defense contractors. The program provides an outlet with recreational, educational and social opportunities for military youth. OMK builds community partnerships to increase awareness and capacity for youth, families and communities to support youth of military families.
Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications, a Michigan public relations firm, chose OMK as a featured contender this year in their annual Gives Project. Through the project, the firm selected OMK as one of four charities that demonstrate true heroism in our community, state and nation. We’d like you to show your support and go to the Gives Project website at mwacsocial.com to vote for OMK. This is one time where it’s okay to vote early and vote often. You can vote daily until Dec.16 at 11:59 p.m. when the poll closes.
B’Onko Sadler acts as 4-H OMK military liaison, and Kendra Moyses is 4-H OMK project director.
You may remember when Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed April as the Month of the Military Child. Watch and listen to B’Onko talking about Operation: Military Kids at the proclamation ceremony on the following video: