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 January 8, 2010


McCoy ACS Family Focus program collects kindness wishes from youngsters

Wishes were made at the Fort McCoy Holiday Tree Lighting event in December that would make your heart melt. As part of the festivities, families could stop by the Army Community Service (ACS) Family Focus table and make a kindness wish for the season and put that wish in the Holiday Kindness stocking. 

Children of all ages wrote down their response to this question:  “During this holiday season, if you could only make one wish for someone else … what would it be?”

Responses were overwhelming.

Wishes were made for someone else to get an art set, dump truck, train, necklace, Legos, and for Santa to go to someone’s house.

Many included families having food on their table, having a nice Christmas, being happy, staying healthy, and for world peace. Specifically, a 10-year old wished for world peace so no one has to cry if their family member dies.

“For a girl at my school to have a friend because everyone doesn’t like her” would make another little girl happy.

If wishes come true, there were lots of people getting dogs, Uncle Matt got a deer, there was snow, another little boy received a tractor like papa’s, and a 7-year-old’s friend found a church. Yes, some wishes were even illegible but the children knew in their heart what their wish was.

The ACS Family Focus Program also can help wishes come true. The program is designed to provide opportunities for families connected to Fort McCoy to spend time together, thereby building positive, fun family memories together.

When families take advantage of these opportunities, they earn Family Focus Franks. Families save the Franks and work toward a goal to redeem them; such as free family games, free bowling, free pizza parties, and even a free skiing and lodging package.

To register for the Family Focus Program, the family point of contact must be either military, having duty within a 50-mile radius; a Fort McCoy Department of Defense, nonappropriated fund, or contract employee; retired military residing within a 25-mile radius; or a registered Fort McCoy volunteer.

Stop at ACS, 2111 South 8th Ave., to see the holiday wishes displayed and to sign up for the Family Focus Program. People also may call 608-388-3505 to sign up for the upcoming Family Valentine Card Making (Jan. 30) workshops.

(Submitted by Army Community Service staff.)

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