WASHINGTON, April 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Jill Biden lifted the spirits of more than 400 military kids by joining them Monday on Zoom for "Bingo with Dr. B", a lively (and adorable!) game hosted by the Military Family Advisory Network. You can watch a video here.
"These are really tough times, but I know all you are tougher," Dr. Biden said. "Military kids are the best at handling new challenges. You're quick to adapt to new situations, new cities, new homes, and new schools, and you know how to stay connected when you miss friends and family."
April is the Month of the Military Child and this April has been especially difficult for children. Coronavirus precautions have created unique hardships for military kids as service members have had deployments extended, planned moves have been postponed, and military kids who have to move this summer may not get a chance to say goodbye to friends.
"We were thrilled to learn that Dr. Biden wanted to do this for military children," said Shannon Razsadin, the executive director of MFAN. "As parents, we just want our children to be happy. This event gave military kids a break from all that's going on and an opportunity to laugh and play."
Participants, including Dr. Biden, wore purple in honor of military children. The children were challenged throughout to dance, make funny faces, and pretend to be their favorite animal.
Grace Kimball, 15, daughter of a member of the Coast Guard, said, "I liked how inclusive it all felt. Dr. Biden really connected with everyone and it was fun to watch everyone interact."
And Conner Schmidt, son of an Airman, said, "Bingo with Dr. B let us all do something fun, together, from our homes!"
The event was part of #MFANConnects, a series of interactive online events. Other events have included a live haircut tutorial that drew more than 26,000 views; Storytime with Miss USA; a dance lesson from a Rockette; a face-mask making tutorial; and more.
About MFAN: The Military Family Advisory Network is the authentic voice of the modern military family and the bridge that connects military families to the resources, people and information they depend on to successfully navigate all phases of military life. To learn more about MFAN, visit www.militaryfamilyadvisorynetwork.org.
SOURCE Military Family Advisory Network