Thank you, thank you Parenthackers and everyone else who has responded so far to Edmay's call to donate stuffed animals to children in Iraq! I just received this update from Edmay:
I will be going on R&R (holiday) very soon and will have someone else take care of the mail for me until I return – this is a very short R&R and I will be returning to take care of business with the mail, toys and children.
I was honored to be invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony in Diwaniyah – this is the Mud School that I was referring to in my interview for that article that Mohammed wrote. The school has been named after Salah Obid who was an Iraqi Engineer for USACE – he wanted a better place for his children to live and took the dangerous chance of working with us – He worked with and for us for 2 years and recently was kidnapped, tortured and murdered for his beliefs. We are still saddened with this horrible act of violence by the insurgents. This goes on all the time.
The first pictures attached are the Mud School and the rest are the new and improved school with pictures of some of the children; a painting of Mr. Salah which will hang on the wall in the school; and picture of me and SGM — in the back of that one candy is being given out.
We left boxes of stuffed animals for the children – we could not stay long (as it is too dangerous to stay in one place for a long period of time when you are outside the wire) and we did not have time to actually give the toys to the children. I am sorry I do not have pictures of them receiving the toys.
Asha, please thank everyone for their great response to this mission. I do not think I will be able to thank everyone individually so please take this email as my special thanks to all who are helping. May God bless and keep you and everyone involved in the palms of His hands, safely, lovingly and protected. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Keep those donations coming!
For the latest information about how to send toys to Iraq, please see the original post.