(Thanks to Asha Dornfest and Parent Hacks for this amazing story.)
Edmay Mayers -- a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and currently stationed in Iraq -- is collecting stuffed toys to distribute to Iraqi children.
The children here love the stuffed toys – I can hardly keep up with the cost of them – I am continuously ordering more and more from Oriental Trading Company and candy for the young ones too. If there is any way at all please have any and all sent to me at the address listed below and I will ensure that the children in Iraq receive all that is sent.
Does your child have more stuffed animals than they know what to do with? Are they sitting on a shelf or at the bottom of a toy box? If so, please consider sending them to Edmay at the following address:
USACE - GRS
APO AE 09331
That is all there is --- it will reach me and I will give them to our PSD teams who will be more than happy to give them to the children. Please see attached photo of some of the children here that were given candy and stuffed animals on the road. These are the poorest of the poor here in Iraq - down the back roads. They are precious, innocent little ones who are just caught up in all the mess - they are beautiful.
Not only is this a wonderful cause, this is a wonderful teaching opportunity for parents of older kids. These children are not our enemies. We are not at war with them. Box up some toys and candy together and send a little happiness and joy to a child who is probably more familiar with poverty, sadness and fear.