Auxiliary joins USO to Support National Guard Family Day

Monday, December 10, 2012

As part the National Guard Family Day event the local Coast Guard Auxiliary entertained and taught the children about boating safety using Coastie the Safety Boat. They demonstrated how to select the appropriate size life vest and provided activity books about boating safety. To challenge the children, they provided the heaving line toss. Photo by Auxiliarist Brad Simpson.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary joined the USO and the Air National Guard to support the Army National Guard Family Day.  The event took place at the New Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh, NC. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the mid-60s and over 700 in attendance at the event with over 150 children of all ages.

Article by Brad Simpson, Auxiliary Public Affairs Officer

The day’s activities started early with the Movie “Polar Express”. After the movie the National Guard welcomed everyone and announced that Santa had just arrived. The children eagerly scrambled to get in line for a chance to meet Santa. Each of the children had an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and have their photo taken. Gifts and stockings were provided to each of the children from local merchants.

After the visit with Santa, everyone headed to the lunch room. They were served baked ham, turkey dressing and gravy, hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries and chips. The National Guard Band entertained the group as they ate their lunch.

After lunch everyone proceeded to the various activities. Indoor activities included massages, face painting, crafts, cake walk and a reading table. Outdoor activities included a real Helicopter viewing, Mini C-130 for kids to ride around the parking lot, climbing wall, National Guard pedal cars, and Sparky the Fire dog bounce house. The Coast Guard Auxiliary provided Coastie the Safety Boat, and the line toss exercises.

“It felt good to be able to give something back to these men and women serving our country”, says Brad Simpson, Public Affairs Officer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Although this unit will be home for the holidays, there are many that are still deployed overseas. For many it is difficult for the spouse and children to be away from loved ones during this time of year.

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