Military Child of the Week – August 15, 2011
It’s time for another Military Child of the Week Salute! Please let your military friends know about this salute and be sure to make nominations! Every Monday we salute one military child. The name of the child goes into a year end drawing for an opportunity to win their very own General Sarge Military Build-A-Bear through the Gift-A-Bear Campaign.
Today we salute Jamie Bacigalupo as our
Military Child of the Week.
Jamie, along with her family are stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, home to the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School and four combat ADA brigades. Jamie’s Dad, James E. Bacigalupo, IV, is a Chief Warrant Officer with the 204th Military Intelligence Battalion and returned from a year of deployment from Kuwait in May of this year. This is a picture of Jamie, her Dad and her little sister.
Jamie’s Mom writes;
“I’m nominating Jamie for the Military Child of the Week Salute given her time and commitment she is providing for her non-profit Angels4Epilepsy, Inc. which was granted 501c3 status by the IRS this year. Jamie, who was diagnosed with epilepsy two years ago, hasn’t let the condition stop her. Rather it has inspired her to help other children with epilepsy by doing good deeds. Since 2010, when she first formed Angels4Epilepsy, she has delivered over 200 gift bags to children in Georgia and with the help of volunteers, in Florida and Indiana. Her gift bags contain items for the children hospitalized to have something to do while trying to raise awareness about kids and epilepsy.
“Jamie won a $5,000 grant in August of 2010 to help form the corporation and has been a Kohls Cares for Kids local and regional winner this year due to her efforts in helping other children. Both Jamie and her sister, who also has a chronic condition, understand how being in the hospital can be boring and scary and through their efforts, try to help alleviate some of that. Most of the work has been done while their Dad has been on two deployments over the past three years. Since arriving at Ft. Bliss in May of this year, we are working on a delivery to the local children’s hospital in El Paso.”
Help Jamie With The Pepsi Refresh Grant
Jamie is currently vying for a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant which will be used to buy USB medical alert bracelets for children, cuddly TG Bears for hospitalized children and many other items. She needs to stay in the top 15. Voting is daily and can be done via a Facebook page, registering online with Pepsi and texting 107962 to 73774 (Pepsi) – standard texting rates apply. For those that drink Pepsi, specially marked bottles and cartons contain a special Power Vote code which can also be used to add extra votes to her cause.
From all of us here at General Sarge HQ we say well done Jamie and we give you a great big “Two paws up!” You are an inspiration to many and we applaud you for all your hard work. As our way of saying thanks for being a great Military Child we also want to salute you in a special way for your unselfish giving nature too. As a result of a generous donation of bears to the Gift-A-Bear Campaign, be watching for your very own General Sarge Military Build-A-Bear arriving at your home soon.
Remember, it’s easy to nominate a military child for our weekly Military Child of the Week Salute.
Each child that’s nominated has an opportunity to win their very own Military Build-A-Bear at the end of the year. When filling out the Contact Form please be sure to check the box “Military Child of the Week Nomination”.
Staying Army Strong!