Sending Hero Packs

By Brandi Bailey

November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM EDT

Vestal,NY (WBNG Binghamton) Often times when men and women are deployed for the Armed Forces, those they leave behind are forgotten.

The Operation Military Kids Program was at Binghamton University helping to remember those left behind.

Student volunteers worked to pack up backpacks full of activities for families dealing with a recent deployment.

Students wrote letters to kids, showing support and telling them they weren't alone when it came to watching a family member head overseas.

There were also activity books, worry dolls, and picture frames.

Director of Operation Military Kids Program, Kitty White says the most important item in the bag is a journal.

It allows kids to write down their thoughts and keep track of events for when their family member comes home.

"I was hoping that we could do 60. With the number of kids here today we may be able to get up to 80 done," said White.

While the bags are primarily aimed towards kids, there is also a parents guide to help discuss deployment in the household.

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