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Making a difference for kids with deployed parents

Adults and kids at an Eastern Washington Football Game holding up pictures of active duty personnel

Pictured above: Kelley Ferguson, CIO at Numerica Credit Union; Deb Davis, Service to Armed Forces Coordinator; Megan Snow, Executive Director American Red Cross; deployed family mother and son, Lisa and Dylan Carle.

Dylan, pictured far right, participated in the program to capture memories while his dad was deployed during his senior year of high.

As the Eastern Eagles took the field against Northern Colorado on Saturday, October 8, their touchdowns meant more than just another win. The homecoming football game was part of Touchdowns for a Cause, a program sponsored by Numerica Credit Union, which gives $100 for each touchdown to a local charity. The beneficiary of Saturday’s Military Appreciation game was the American Red Cross who received support for their “Flat Mommy/Flat Daddy” program.

Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service. For many our community’s children, that is coping with the daily challenges of having a parent deployed.

To help ease that pain, the local Chapter of the American Red Cross has created the “Flat Mommy/Flat Daddy” program that provides free, life-sized cutouts of deployed service members to their loved ones.

“A flat parent provides kids an opportunity to create memories to share with their deployed parent,” says American Red Cross Executive Director Megan Snow. “Whenever they take a family photo, are on vacation, or just around the breakfast table, the flat parent helps to provide that connection with the parent that’s deployed.”

The program has been available since 2012 and distributes an average of 240 cut-outs each year.

“Numerica believes in enhancing lives, fulfilling dreams, and building communities,” says Kelli Hawkins, Communications Manager for Numerica Credit Union. “Support of Touchdowns for Cause allows Numerica to support community resources like the American Red Cross and celebrate Eastern’s football program.”

For more information on the Flat Mommy/Flat Daddy program contact the Red Cross at 509.326.3334.

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