Thursday 11th June 2020
Military children’s charity, Little Troopers, has added a limited-edition party pack to its free birthday card initiative. The packs are aimed at Armed Forces children who will be celebrating their birthday amidst the Coronavirus pandemic and may have a parent serving away from home.
The charity already posts handwritten birthday cards and a special birthday badge to military children, but parents requesting a birthday card from the charity over the coming weeks will also be sent a mini birthday pack including balloons, a banner and cake flags. In addition, the charity has introduced two new card designs, one aimed at under 11s and one for older children. Parents can decide exactly what is written in the card, with many choosing to send a message from a serving parent who is away from home as a birthday surprise.
Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, comments:
“It’s always difficult when military children can’t see their serving parent on their birthday, but lockdown and social distancing have made it even harder because children can’t see their extended family and may have had their birthday party or birthday trips cancelled.
“A birthday card and pack might seem like a small gesture, but it can be a huge boost to children on their big day. It shows these children that they are very special Little Troopers who are part of our military community and that we are proud of them for coping during this difficult time.”
Little Troopers has 500 free birthday packs available. To order one, visit the Little Troopers website and fill out the form. Once the 500 packs have gone, the free birthday card scheme will continue as usual.
For families who are experiencing separation at the moment, Little Troopers also has lots of free resources on its website and a free story recording app for tablet devices called Little Troopers Treasures, which keeps children connected to their serving parent during deployments and other service commitments.