Have you ever heard of Trevor Romain? I hadn't until I received an email to ask my unit families if they would like a Trevor Romain Deployment Coping Kit for school-age children. We didn't get quite the response that anyone was hoping for unfortunately. I think it was because no one really knew who he was or what these kits entailed. Now that i've seen them and have one in our possession, I don't see why anyone wouldn't want one!
He was at our USO last night to talk about and hand out his kits to the military kids. He's a funny guy with a British accent and he's very personable and connects with the kids on a level they can understand. He's also an amazing artist. He showed us his journal with all the cartoon type drawings that were great.
Inside the kits is a DVD called With You All the Way. There are also a set of dog tags that say 'With You All the Way'. The child is supposed to keep one and give the other to their military parent. There is also a cuddly bear named Cuzzie that comes with a little hat and goggles and a camo scarf. He has patches sewn all over him and you'll have to ask Trevor the story behind those. hehe A journal also comes in this kit and that was a big hit with my 8 year old son. He was inspired by seeing Trevor's drawings to start drawing himself.
It was a great night and really made my kids day to get these kits. Thank you to our wonderful USO and Trevor Romain!