Deployment #1. That’s when my first born LOVED Elmo. His first Halloween with a dad deployed, he decided to dress as his favorite character: Elmo. This was in 2002, before there was anything for kids and deployment, but Elmo was already calming a little boy in upstate New York during a year away from his dad. We wore out our Elmo DVDs that year.
CHAMELEON KIDS – TEAM ELMO
Our Managing Director meets up with Elmo (and Grover!) on post with her youngest during her family’s second deployment.
Our Creative Director’s son and his friend during their first deployment and first Halloween away from their dads.
Since then, both of our families have been through more deployments. Yesterday, I had the chance to stand next to the Big Little Guy himself to thank him for helping us so much through the first one.
As many military families know, Elmo and his friends from Sesame Street have been working hard to help our military kids deal with the transitions and challenges of military life. With the help of the USO, the Sesame Street crew has entertained military kids around the globe.
This year’s free, traveling tour kicks off at Minot Air Force base on May 18 with a BRAND new show that focuses on the military-to-civilian transition. To celebrate this new installment of the Sesame Street/USO Experience, Elmo, Rosita, the USO, and members of Congress assembled 1500 USO Care Packs for deployed service members (many of which are parents to our military kids!).
Thank you Sesame Street, the USO, and all of the helpers who packed up these important care packs today!
A PEEK INSIDE the USO SERVICE PROJECT on Capital Hill
Rosita helping put together care packages!
Then there’s me next to ELMO! I was star struck.
And then Elmo and Rosita get their picture taken (they’re kind of a BIG deal!).
Check out the cool stuff they put in the care packages!
We’d love to see the smiling faces of the service members who get these USO care packages.
The link includes a schedule of where the show will travel and the topics (moving or transition) that will be presented.
Since the tour’s start, more than 540,000 troops and military families have seen the shows. The tour has performed more than 1,000 shows on 149 military installations in 33 states and 11 countries.