Evan Brozowski, 7, of Colonie, said, "It was really cool today. We got to see our parents and we got to give [the troops] presents and they gave us lights," referring to small flashlights the troops passed out to the children as gifts.
Brozowski's package contained two packets of beef jerky, mints and gum, he said.
Julie Hughes, manager of operations and support at Capital Communications, and a parent whose son, Robert, participated in the day's event, said, "I just think it's important for the kids at a young age to be exposed to what life is really about."
Speaking on behalf of Robert, 5, Hughes said her son's package contained toys, games and food.
Twenty-eight children participated in making the packages, and Bascom said he is confident that putting together the packages for the troops could easily become a regular part of Take Your Child to Work Day.