One of our RomVets members is currently deployed to Iraq. (Romvets is a group of women who are military veterans and also write romance. We have a few who are still on active duty as well). Anyway, Jess has asked for some help through Theresa Bodwell, a member here in Missoula, and she passed this on to other willing participants like me even though I was not an active duty military veteran, I am interested in helping.
Here is her note:
Y'all have been fabulous your continued support and I"m really grateful. I've got a mission
and I need some help.
See, there are schools over here and some of them have like 800 kids, 4 teachers and 10
books (this is a number from an actual school and I'm sure these numbers are reflected
across our footprint). Anyway, can you all round up pencils, crayons and kids books (text
books, abc's, learn to count, coloring books, anything at all) (not sure if you can find any
in Arabic but that would help tremendously, too, as the literacy rate is abysmal).
The only way we have a chance in changing the hearts and minds is through education
and showing the children that there is a better way. I figure we can start small with
coloring books of kids playing instead of throwing rocks, you know? Soccer balls, stuffed
animals, all of that sort of thing would be greatly appreciated.
So can you all pool together and ship as much of those types of things as you can? I'll get
them out to our commanders.
Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated!
If you'd like to be involved, please contact me so I can connect you to the package set being put together here in Montana.
PS If you know my email, go ahead and use it. If you don't, you can contact me through www.angelabreidenbach.com on the contact me page and it will go to me right away.