Jan. 4 2019 12:36 PM

Fifty children were given new bicycles and helmets through an essay contest.

Photo courtesy of Hunt Heroes Foundation

BrightView Landscapes, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, partnered with the nonprofit organization, Hunt Heroes Foundation, in December to donate and give 50 military children new bicycles and helmets.

“BrightView was truly honored to donate these bicycles to the Hunt Heroes Foundation,” says John Chapman, BrightView regional key account manager. “These bicycles were purchased by BrightView and assembled as part of a team building exercise for our employees. We knew we wanted them to be put to good use so donating them to military children through the HHF made a lot of sense.”

The bicycles were given away as part of a contest where military children, under the age of 16, wrote essays on what it meant to be the child of a service member. Nearly 200 entries were received.

"The judges had an extremely hard time narrowing it down to 50 winners," says John Ehle, HHF president. "There were so many good, heart tugging essays that we really wish each person who entered could win. We are so grateful to BrightView for their generosity and for helping make so many children's holiday a little brighter this year."

Portions of some of the winning essays are below:

"I am thankful for being a military child because I love my dad and he is in the military. I love him but sometimes he hast to leave to help or save people around the world." —Zyla V. Floyd, 8 years old.

"My dad is in the military. He goes to far away work for a long time. It means we don't always get to spend holidays together. It mean I have to be brave for mom when he is not home. It means when other kids have their dad for the holidays mine may have to work. But when my dad is home is super special." — Allen Corban, 8 years old.

"For me, being a military child is sometimes not so easy. It takes a lot of work to be in the military so there's a lot of times when my dad is gone. But, I know that he is doing good work, and that he is always there to take care of me, even when he's not right there next to me." — David Potter, 15 years old.