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Team Shaw throws EGGstravaganza

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  • By Airman 1st Class Destani Matheny
  • 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The 20th Force Support Squadron hosted an ‘EGGstravaganza’ event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, April 13.

This event, which is part of the 20th FSS Month of the Military Child celebration, is designed for children of all ages, along with their parents and family members, to celebrate their resiliency.

Activities consisted of a train ride, petting zoo, carnival games and an egg hunt with more than 6,000 eggs.

Approximately 1,500 children and youths took off into a sea of colorful eggs searching for a golden ticket that could lead them to a basket full of wonderful gifts and candy donated by Hunt Southern Group, operators of Shaw AFB base housing.

After the activities, Maj. Darryl J. Hebert, 20th FSS commander, announced the 2019 Youth of the Year, Julie A. Lego.

Youth of the Year is a yearlong program for middle and high school teens to promote leadership skills and community involvement.

The Youth of the Year will travel from Shaw to Myrtle Beach competing to become the state of South Carolina representative. If chosen, the teen will continue to compete at the regional and national level.

“Volunteering makes me feel like I can do something that doesn't benefit myself, I get to help out a lot of people and doing that brings joy,” said Lego.

Lego said she regularly helps out with events on-and-off base, from dressing up in costumes to helping feed the homeless.

“We appreciate the active duty members who give us the opportunity to be a part of their child’s life as they endure the painful separations of their loved ones,” said Deborah MacQueen, 20th FSS Director of the Child and Youth Program. “These children and youth are brave and resilient, and we strive to build interpersonal connections by creating a positive atmosphere where they feel safe, loved, and connected.

“We have an amazing team of professionals who devote many hours in developing plans and activities that support and encourage our military children and youth to challenge themselves to be the best they can be,” she said.