Mar. 22—Military children and families make sacrifices every day. Now, there's an opportunity for those 1.2 million children to be celebrated for the positive things they do in their community during April's Month of the Military Child celebration with the Hunt Little Heroes program
"This is our second year for Hunt Little Heroes and we are hoping to receive several applications," said Lynette Hegeman, national marketing director for Hunt Military Communities, which operates a property near Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane.
Hunt Military Communities decided to launch Hunt Little Heroes, a program that will be highlighting the accomplishments of military children ages 4-15 who make positive impacts in their communities, last year as a way to honor military children for their personal contributions to their communities.
"This is about what the child has done," said Hegeman, adding winners will receive a cash prize. "It doesn't have to be big things. It can be thoughtful things."
The top prize will be $1,000 with $500 for second place and $300 for third.
"The prize money will be split between the winners and charity of his or her choice," said Hegeman. "Participant will receive a challenge coin, Little Heroes cape and mask and will be honored in their local community."
Coining is a military tradition given to civilians as a special honor. The coin participants will receive is purple, the color that represents Month of the Military Child.
Hegeman said some of last year's participants did things like help with the lawn care needs of deployed families, work at food pantries, donated items to charities and make face masks among other things.
"It can really be anything," she said, adding applying to be honored as a Hunt Little Hero is as simple as asking children of military families to share their "Hero Story" of what they think it takes to be a hero and how they have been a positive influence in their community. "It's a 300-word essay or letter, a drawing or a two-minute video. The application and the materials can all be submitted online. Children of active service men and women look at those who serve and know the sacrifices. They have a heart for giving."
The Hunt Little Heroes program is open to all children of military families, not just those living within in housing communities owned by Hunt.
Submissions are open now through April 15. Additional guidelines and details for submission can be found at https://huntlittleheroes.org.