The Sesame Street/USO Experience Tours Atsugi Naval Air Field

(l-r)Sesame Street characters Cookie Monster, Zoe, Grover, Rosita, and Elmo pose for a photo with service members and their children following a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Atsugi Naval Air Field in Japan, January 19, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Excited children wave to the Sesame Street characters onstage during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Atsugi Naval Air Field in Japan, January 19, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

(l-r) Elmo, Zoe, Cookie Monster, Grover, and Rosita dance together onstage during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Atsugi Naval Air Field in Japan, January 19, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Cookie Monster greets some of his young fans during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Atsugi Naval Air Field in Japan, January 19, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

(l-r) Grover, Zoe, Rosita, Cookie Monster, and Elmo interact with the audience during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Atsugi Naval Air Field in Japan, January 19, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Story Time from the Front Lines

Throughout the year, the USO is participating in Disney’s “Give A Day. Get A Disney Day.” promotion through the HandsOn Network. To engage volunteers from via virtual volunteerism, we’ve developed “Story Time from the Front Lines, ” an opportunity specifically for individuals living in remote areas of the United States.  It is sponsored by the United Through Reading® Military Program and hosted by the USO.

It’s simple: volunteers collect children’s books to send to service members stationed in Southwest Asia.  Service members read these books to their children while being recorded to a DVD.  Both the book and the DVD are then sent back home, creating a stronger bond between the deployed adult and the special child or children in their lives. In return for their service, volunteers receive a one-day pass to a Disney park of their choice!

The program kicked-off on January 1, 2010 and will run throughout the year, or until Disney gives away one million park passes.  The USO looks forward to this amazing venture and to giving people the opportunity to share in the profound impact it has on our men and women in uniform along with their families.

For more information about the program click here!  And check out some photos of volunteers who are already participating!

CAN’T FIND THIS PROJECT IN YOUR AREA?  “Story Time from the Front Lines” is a Give A Day. Get A Disney Day project available only to individuals living in remote areas of the United States and Puerto Rico where other Get A Disney Day projects are not available. This is per Disney’s project guidelines. If you go to www.disneyparks.com and enter your zip code in the project search section of the website and “Story Time from the Front Lines” does not display, please consider participating in the other wonderful community service projects in your area.