SPREAD THE WORD: Send your used stuffed animals and toys to children in Iraq
I am speechless. I just got an email from Edmay Mayers, a member of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers who is currently stationed in Iraq. She read the post on where to donate stuffed animals, and offered her own suggestion:
Please, please, please – I know where you can give all the stuffed animals and toys away – I am presently stationed (deployed) in Iraq. 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.
When I sent a followup note to be sure I had the proper address, here was her reply:
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.
I Googled Edmay to find out more, and came upon this amazing article about her passion for Iraqi children, posted just days ago on Operation Iraqi Freedom: Official Website of Multi-National Force - Iraq.
As soon as I'm done with this post, I'm going to box up a bunch of toys and send them in tomorrow's mail. Edmay, thank you so much for writing, and for everything you're doing. Your granddaughter will indeed be proud.
Parenthackers, please spread the word! Wouldn't it be amazing if Edmay were able to distribute toys donated by people from all over the United States? Think of the good will such a simple act could create...in a place that needs all the good will it can get.
[10/14/06 update from Edmay: toys are arriving every day! -- Ed.]
[1/3/07 update from Edmay: She's well, and is still giving out hundreds of toys to Iraqi children. -- Ed.]
[2/14/07: Edmay will be stationed in Iraq until November 2007 and is still accepting donations of stuffed animals, toys, and school supplies. Keep spreading the word! She watches this post and replies to comments here, so feel free to ask her a question. -- Ed.]