Elmo visits military children, families in Fort Hamilton

Elmo visited a school in Brooklyn on Friday to wish its students a happy Valentine's Day and to deliver special treats. The “Sesame Street” character

The “Sesame Street” character paid a rare visit to Fort Hamilton's Child Development Center, with hugs readily available.

The “Sesame Street” character paid a rare visit to Fort Hamilton's Child Development Center, with hugs readily available. (2/7/14)

FORT HAMILTON - Elmo visited a school in Brooklyn on Friday to wish its students a happy Valentine's Day and to deliver special treats.

The “Sesame Street” character paid a rare visit to Fort Hamilton's Child Development Center, with hugs readily available.

Elmo helped deliver Valentine's Day care packages to military children and families during the United War Veteran Council's "Send your love to those who serve" event.

Parents of these students say Sesame Street has taught their kids about literacy and community awareness, and the event helps them experience that instead of just watching it on television.

Elmo's appearance is part of Sesame Street's "Talk, Listen, Connect" initiative, which reaches military families and children and helps them deal with any struggles they may be having like when their parents are deployed.

The Valentine's Day event was canceled last year due to Superstorm Sandy, making this the first time the center has held the event.

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