Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Request For assistance:

I know a solider that is currently serving in Iraq and is requesting assistance for a worthy cause his battalion has chosen to undertake. Below is a letter I received from him and if you feel like you can help, e-mail me and I will pass along the contact information:

Dear all,

"I normally do not do this type of thing, but this is a worth while cause.

The orphanage is for special needs children in Baghdad and is run by the Sisters of the Mother Therese order.

They could really use your help with some basic supplies such as diapers, baby formula, and any of a variety of baby products.

I do not want to convey the wrong message here and make the situation into something it is not. There are not dying children at the Orphanage and they are not being mistreated. In fact, the sisters do a very good job taking care of them.

We are assisting the sisters in helping them prepare for the summer months and a projected increase in population at the orphanage.

Also, on a personal note, it really does lift the spirits of our soldiers to visit the children. It really is a reoccurring highlight of my time here and
in a small measure is helping to make a Iraq a better place to live for the local folks.

If you can support this, know of someone, or know of an organization that would like to support this, please email me and let me know. If you can support this, please send me a picture of person or organization that is donating. We would like to recognize these folks for their assistance"

Baghdad Orphanage

The soldiers of Task Force 720th Military Police “Soldiers of the Gauntlet” sponsor an orphanage run by the Mother Theresa Sisters located in downtown Baghdad. The Soldiers of the Gauntlet recently deliver supplies and brought Easter cheer to the sometimes forgotten children of Baghdad. It was a great experience and a real morale booster to see the efforts of the Task Force Soldiers hard work in Iraq come to fruition. It was a heartwarming experience to see the smiles and joy of the children brought by a simple visit from the Soldiers of the Gauntlet. The orphanage houses 20 “special needs” infants that range from newborn to 4 years old. The staff consists of 7sisters of the Mother Theresa Order and one doctor to take care of the children. The sisters come from a variety of backgrounds to include Kenya, India, Poland, and Bangladesh. The sisters gave us a tour of the facility grounds which houses a chapel, jungle gym, kitchen, and garden. The facility is going to be sponsored by TF 720 MP throughout our year in country. We will conduct periodic visits to the facility in order to visit with the children, help out the staff, and to bring necessary supplies to the orphanage. The orphanage can always use supplies ranging from wet wipes, baby powder, stuffed animals, baby vitamins, and pedialite to take care of the children.