TOYS FOR TROOPS HAS EXPANDED ITS MISSION AND HAS A NEW NAME!
The drawdown in Iraq has resulted in a very small demand for beanie babies, so we have decided to embrace the change and broaden our horizons. From now on, we will be celebrating our soldiers, their families, Veteran, and volunteers at
OPERATION WARRIOR WATCH.
I cannot thank you enough for your support in our past endeavours, and hope you'll join us as we continue to work with our U.S. troops!
SOLDIERS' ADDRESSES NEEDED
Maintaining our mailing address and keeping it up-to-date is imperative. We are always on the lookout for names and addresses of soldiers deploying. Help spread the word! If you know of anyone that can use some beanies or a care package, please, forward their names to secretary Rachel Kumler, email@example.com.
Lori Stewart, President, Operation Warrior Watch
Brian Jolley, Vice President, Operation Warrior Watch
Rachel Kumler, Secretary, Operation Warrior Watch
This project originated from my blog, www.gnightgirl.blogspot.com. It is a project born from word-of-mouth, love, support, and the kindness of hundreds of people that read an idea and said "let's do it." It is your project.
You have my undying gratitude and love.
- Lori Stewart (Champaign, Illinois)
A child, sleeping with tiny hands wrapped around a stuffed animal tossed to him by a gigantic, gun-toting U.S. soldier, clothed in helmet, boots, green fatigues.
That same soldier. 60 pounds of gear on his body, exhausted after a 3-day mission in 117-degree heat. The dust, he writes home, is the consistency of powdered sugar. It's everywhere. And "Mom," he says, "the kids love the beanies. Send all you have. The guys are asking for them."
A parent's love for their child is universal. If your son, your daughter, Your Soldier can toss a beanie baby or a soccer ball to a child in the midst of war, fear, and chaos, and make that child laugh with glee, then his mother smiles also.
Even if world leaders can't come to terms, we can still shake one another's hands, hand a few toys to their kids, and put smiles on their faces. I hope you'll join us.
Toys for Troops is still going strong after 4 years. Most of our work is behind the scenes, but your are still welcome to participate at any time. Do not hesitate to email us if you have any questions, or if you'd like to get involved. We'd love to have you on our team.
SOLDIERS' ADDRESSES NEEDED
Maintaining our mailing address and keeping it up-to-date is imperative. We are always on the lookout for names and addresses of soldiers deploying. Help spread the word! If you know of anyone that can use some beanies or a care package, please, forward their names to us, or ours to them!
We at Toys for Troops are proud to have been recognized as a Homefront Heroes at the Illinois State Capitol, on December 11, 2007. I accepted the award from Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn at a press conference, and closed my speech with these words: "I'm incredibly proud and blessed to have stumbled into a project that can provide an avenue for people to actually make a difference." From the letters that have
come in from around the world, I'm certain we are doing just that. Thank you, a million times thank you
OPERATION WARRIOR WATCH, INC., NFP
Due to so much participation from this community and surrounding communities, Toys for Troops has grown and expanded into a new organization, Operation Warrior Watch, Inc. Thanks to all of you who've helped so much, and who continue to contribute in so many ways!