Through Operation Moozie, CKN partners with organizations like WeServeToo who honor military families with programs reducing stresses that families endure due to deployments and reintegrations. Moozie backpacks are supplied to children at military bases and family events across and outside the USA. String backpacks are filled with Moozie story books, coloring book, cuddly Moozie hand puppet, and stickers. Each year, hundreds of children in military families have expressed joy upon receiving Moozie backpacks.
In 2021, 525 children of deploying families joyfully received Moozie backpacks, and in 2022, 315 children were backpack recipients. In 2023 so far, Moozie has brought cheer to 25 children at military family events. Moozie wants to bring joy and kindness to many more children with your help! Every $40 donated for Operation Moozie covers costs of another Moozie backpack kit.
Last summer, Ms. Dee Roman, President of the Katterbach [Germany] Catholic Women of the Chapel, received 250 back-packs, for children at Ansbach, Germany base whose family members were being deployed in support of the Ukrainian crisis. Dee shared, “The children absolutely loved the backpacks. The parents were quite surprised with the quality of items. The fact that the child received not only a book, but a puppet and other items was a very nice surprise.” The base also distributed backpacks through Child and Youth Services, where Ms. Trude Moellmann is Parent & Outreach Director and School Liaison Officer. Trude echoed, “We are so appreciative of the Moozie packs. Everyone is benefitting from these wonderful bags.” Further, the center incorporated Moozie kits into their Parent Participation program. Parents volunteer and read the Moozie Kind Adventure storybook in their children’s classrooms or send the center videos of how they are using Moozie backpacks at home. Also, each classroom uses a backpack within their Character Counts and CSEFEL (Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) curriculum and lesson planning to promote social-emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. Trude observed, “These bags are perfect for our children. They are developmentally appropriate and fun, and we are eager to use them with our Military families.”