Contact Us


Operation: Military Kids

University of Idaho 4-H Youth Development
322 E. Front St., Ste. 390
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 334-2328

State 4-H Contact

State 4-H Youth Development Contact Information

Mailing/Shipping Address:
4-H Youth Development
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3015
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Physical Address:
Mary E. Forney Hall
1210 Blake Avenue, Room 206
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Phone: (208) 885-6321
Fax: (208) 885-4637

Hero Packs

hero packThe Outreach to: Military Kids Hero Packs program donates backpacks filled with toys, art and craft supplies, videos, music, games, and books to Idaho youths who have been or will be Child Heroes at Home during a parent’s deployment. Hero Packs are free, but should be distributed at an event that provides recognition. Organizations wishing to donate goods or help prepare Hero Packs for distribution are welcomed. This service activity has been embraced by 4-H programs throughout Idaho and provides a tangible way to say thanks to family members impacted by deployment.

Schools and Community Members

The Hero Packs Project is a community service project that builds awareness and fosters community support for geographically dispersed military families. The Hero Pack as a whole serves as a salute and a token of thanks to the children of Service Members. Hero Packs are Operation: Military Kids knapsacks filled with a collection of family support materials, communication tools, and fun items military children can enjoy with their siblings, non-military parent or friends. Backpacks are packed and provided by OMK.

Distribution Philosophy

It is the intent that the distribution process recognizes each child individually. If at all possible, avoid handing the packs out or having the children just pick one up. The distribution should be in the format of an award ceremony. Distributions can be made at a school assembly such as a Veterans Day or Flag Ceremony by a nonmilitary youth.

If you are interested in donating items, having a Hero Pack packing party, or having these presented at your school contact:

Linda Gerber