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Re: Word from Iraq

what a wonderful thing for your group to have done.  The one thing I do know
that my nephew needs and can't get over there is hand sanitizer gel.  When
he first became an MP, he started using it all the time, because you never
know what you're touching and soap and water isn't always available.  I gave
him a good sized bottle when he left, and I know he packed what he could,
but I'm sure he goes through it quickly.  Apparently it can't be sent over
there without a hazmat label because it has alcohol in it.  And with the
hazmat label on the box it can be delayed for eternity.

I may have to get creative.  I was successful in sneaking M&Ms in an aspirin
bottle and a kit kat bar in a photo folder to him when he was in basic.  Any


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2004 7:12 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Word from Iraq

> I have not read the entire thread yet, but agree with many of the
> comments made.
> One of my clubs (ponds) sent items over to Iraq for Xmas this year.
> Started with one members son who is stationed there and telling his mom
> how he and others could really use.....
> She brought it up to the membership if anyone wanted to donate items.
> Somehow it escalated into mayhem. We sent skids of stuff that did arrive
> just in time for Xmas. Amazing when some of us asked businesses, they
> did big time. One grocery store gave us cases of those cut and bake
> cookies... we sent like 3000 of them and I don't think I ever want to
> bake another cookie! Best Buy donated cases of batteries, casinos cases
> of playing cards, schools had children send letters, parents donated
> other items, banks allowed donation box drop offs, and ended up with
> 1000 prs of socks and the list goes on.... it was totally amazing how
> easy it was to get them to do it. We never expected to get that much
> stuff, but felt good that many recipients of these items knew so many
> did not forget them.... word is we may try for another shipment in the
> spring...
> Donna
> Ps the hardest part was getting all this thru the government security to
> the troops... but we did....:)
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