One of our parishioners has a brother serving in Iraq and we sent the items to him. He distributed them to the local schools, hospitals, and quite often, during patrols.
You see, American soldiers come in contact with Iraqis all the time; many times children are simply walking aimlessly around the countryside. So our soldiers visit with them, and when they have items on hand, distribute a soccer ball or doll to brighten the day of such children.
What a shame these sorts of stories are not highlighted in the mass media. The gift of hope is the greatest thing that can be given to such little ones.
These children have known little other than war and the horrors of a ruthless dictatorship their entire young lives.
What a precious opportunity it is for American soldiers to brighten their day with a simple toy.
Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called children of God.