Monday, April 14, 2008

Soldiers and Kids - we need toys - can you help

One thing our medics love to do is help care for the local kids. In many cases, the Anerican military provides the only health care available for these people. And being Amercian soldiers, they love to have small toys to give to the kids. These are a great ice-breaker, and every toy our soldiers pass out buys a lot of good-will among the local people.

We are looking for small toys to send to our medics. Hit the garage sales, get your kids' to clean out their closets, have a "toy drive" at your school - gently used items are fine.

Here's what they request:
-Beanie-type toys, small stuffed animals - they don't need to be official Ty brand of course.

-Teddy bears, small animals of any kind (but no pigs, which would be offensive in the Moslem culture)

-Small cars, trucks,

-Balls, small balls of all kinds, soccer balls

-Bubbles (small bottles, please wrap them in zip-lock bags in case of leaks)

-Coloring books

-Crayons - 8 or 12-packs is fine (we will ship them to Afghanistan where it is not so hot they will melt)

-Colored pencils and pencil-sharpeners

-Markers - washable only (just like you'd give your own kids)

-Athletic shoes and sandals in kid sizes, gently used is fine.

No Pigs in any form
No large toys that will be hard to ship. No giant stuffed animals, for instance.
No dolls
No Toy weapons, squirt guns, knives
No battery-operated toys. These folks can't easily get batteries.
No religious-themed items
No military-themed items

Please send your donations to:

If you live East of the Mississippi
Soldiers' Angels
112 Greenhill Road
Ramseur NC 27316

If you live west of the Mississippi
Soldiers Angels
914 Tourmaline Dr
Newbury Park, Ca 91320

Every toy that an American soldier gives to a child helps bring our cultures closer, and maybe buys a little extra safety for our guys over there too. Plus, it just feels good.



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