Somethings just make sense. If you teach a child to hate, a child will hate their entire life. If you give a child a chance, that child has a chance to create the life he or she wants. That just makes sense to me.
When I heard about the school supplies for Iraqi children campaign, that made sense to me too. Team Taji, in Taji Iraq, are attempting to put together 10,000 packets of school supplies. I found out about it through a friend of a friend. Sergeant Aidan Wood asked if I might collect a few school supplies and send them to him by October 10, 2009.
The school supplies cost about $17. We'll pick up the shipping.
I asked Aidan why he was doing this. He said:
"I got involved for several reason, I've always believed that if it its within my abilities to help someone I should. I also have a daughter back in the states who is starting 1st grade this year and I'm going to miss that. Helping these kids makes it a little bit more like home for me doing for them what I can't do for my daughter. Its also I nice change of pace from running missions."
I've set up a page with more details. We'll keep the donation button up until September 12, 2009. Then we will do the shopping and shipping to Iraq. With any luck, we'll be able to help them meet their goal.
In Aidan's words : "Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated."