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Re: Word from Iraq

How about sending him baby wipes? They can actually be more effective
against disease organisms that reproduce with spores (like anthrax), since
the bacteria & spores are wiped off the hands rather than just being moved
around with the gel. Not as convenient to carry, I'll admit.
Judy B
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2004 8:11 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Word from Iraq

> Donna,
> what a wonderful thing for your group to have done.  The one thing I do
> 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
> 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
> bottle and a kit kat bar in a photo folder to him when he was in basic.
> ideas?
> Kitty
> ----- 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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