To celebrate the Month of the Military Child, Hunt Military Communities decided to launch Hunt Little Heroes to highlight the accomplishments of military children in local communities.

The Washington Times-Herald reports:

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.

“Every year we do something different for Month of the Military Child,” said Lynette Hegeman, national marketing director for Hunt Military Communities, which operates a property near Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane.

This year, Hegeman said 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.

Hegeman said other organizations offer programs to honor older children and young adults but Hunt Communities wanted to focus on younger children making a difference.

“Our communities are home to thousands of military families, offering us a unique understanding of the sacrifices being made daily,” said John Ehle, president of Hunt Military Communities. “We value this opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of military children throughout the country through this initiative.”

Hegeman said 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, a drawing or a video,” said Hegeman, who said winners will be honored in their communities with a coining ceremony and a cash prize as well as a hero cape, mask and more. “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.”

That giving, Hegeman said, can be seen in things like helping neighbors, writing letters and being leaders in their community.

“This is not just about what children can do during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Hegeman. “This about what children have been doing all along.”