Feb. 20

Uprooted From Her Home, This Girl Took Her Volunteering International

Know a kid or teen making difference through community service? Nominate him or her today for a Hasbro Community Action Hero Award, brought to you by Hasbro Children’s Fund and generationOn. Today we hear from Grace Anne Remey, a 2013 awardee.

Grace Anne Remey shows her book at a Tucson book fair.

I’ve had an amazing year since becoming a Hasbro Community Action Hero. A couple of weeks after the awards ceremony in New York City – which was so awesome and pretty – my family moved from Arizona to Germany. My dad is in the military, so we’ve moved around a lot.

I didn’t want to move to Germany, but it turned out to be a positive experience. I saw more than 10 castles. My favorite was Frankenstein Castle at Halloween. I also went to Christmas markets and have visited three countries. When I got to my new school, I had trouble making new friends. It was really hard moving, but I got used to it and now I have met new friends and am happy again.

I quickly found places to volunteer. I am still planning on volunteering at our local animal shelter. I have been busy working with Torch Club, which does different volunteer projects. I spent a lot of time doing Project Rudolph Germany, which provides gift bags to military members transitioning through the airport on days leading up to Christmas. I helped Mothers of Preschoolers make bags, received 140 cards from schools near Boston and finally helped hand out bags to troops at an airport in Germany. 

This illustration by Grace Anne Remey depicts her
volunteering at an animal shelter, one of her passions.

I felt happy that I was volunteering and making so many other people happy. The best part was seeing the excited faces of the troops when I gave them the bags. I was also able to give toys from Hasbro to other kids through generationOn’s Be a Joy Maker campaign!

I also got some great attention for my book, “Lion's Pride: A Tail of Deployment,” which came out in 2012. When I wrote it, I knew that I wanted the book to be able to help other children who faced deployment like me. I never imagined that so many people would like it so much. Winning a Bronze Medal for Children’s Book of the Year from the Military Writers Society of America was another highlight of the year. I recently found out that I am a semifinalist for Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year. I am really excited about it and hope to win a laptop computer so I can write my next book.

Finally, I was very excited to get a letter from Michelle Obama. She sent pictures of her family and even signed the letter with real ink!

Although it wasn’t always easy and I didn’t want to move, I had a great year. I’ve been able to do a lot more than I thought I would because of the Hasbro Community Action Hero Award. I wish this year’s winners luck and hope they have an amazing year like I had. 

Do you know a young person who is doing great work? Nominate him or her to be a 2014 Hasbro Community Action Hero. The deadline is 5 p.m., Eastern, Feb. 25, 2014. Don’t wait – submit a nomination today!

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