Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Operation Iraqi School Supplies

My son is currently serving in the US Air Force in Kirkuk, Iraq. He is spearheading a charity called "Operation School Supplies" for the Iraqi children. They are living in extreme poverty in their war-torn country, so the miltary is joining forces to help them out. They do not have the ability to purchase basic supplies where they are, so he's asking for school supplies to be sent (do not send money as they have no way of purchasing the supplies).

Items they need:
Pencils, crayons, pens, notebooks, erasers, colored pencils, markers, safety scissors, glue, folders, rulers, backpacks

So if you'd like to help, you can do one of two things. You can either donate money and I will purchase and mail the supplies myself, or you can ourchase some items and ship them. It costs the same to mail to him as it does to any US postal address so don't worry it's going to cost you a bunch to send something. As a matter of fact, if you use one of the USPS Flat Rate boxes, it's actually a little cheaper to send to him. His address is:

Randy J Bennett
321 EOSS
Unit #70077
APO, AE 09359

If you want to donate, use the following button to pay through PayPal (a PayPal account is not needed).

I will be accepting donations until 12/20/10 and will then purchase and send the supplies. Once Randy receives the supplies he will join with the Chaplain in organizing everything, then the Army will deliver the supplies.

At this time of year when we are are feeling blessed and grateful for all we have, it's a good time to be reminded of how far a little charity can go. These kids aren't hoping for a Nintendo or iPod for Christmas, they just want crayons and notebooks. If you only send a package of pencils, or donate $1 it can make a huge difference. Thanks for your generosity!!! Happy holidays.

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