Monday, October 27, 2003

Operation GIVE - Sending Smiles and Hope to Iraq

I've spent the last month starting Operation Give, a grass-roots effort to collect toys and necessities for Iraqi children that Chief Wiggles will distribute.

A Maryland real estate developer has donated a large warehouse where we collect, inspect, sort, repackage and load donations on huge cargo containers bound for Iraq. Knowing the Iraqi people have suffered decades of tyranny, war and sanctions, Americans from all over the country are sending toys, school supplies, personal care products and clothing. Reading the messages on people's notes has been inspiring.

We make it easy for you to reach across the world and touch a child's life. Please send a gift, or a financial donation, or buy some toys at great values to send. We're really pushing groups to organize collection drives, and have received emails from schools, churches, employers, and civic clubs that are collecting toys. One club in Houston has arranged to have drop-off points at eight public libraries for the first week of November.

Please spread the word, through email, your website, and talk radio! Tonight we'll be featured on MSNBC's Scarborough Country at 10:00 EST, so be sure to check us out.

Oh, one more thing. If you're near Maryland, you can drop off donations directly at our warehouse in Columbia (about 10 minutes from Baltimore, 30 minutes from Washington). The address is: Operation Give Warehouse, 7155 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.


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