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by Sr. Elizabeth Frenzel, OSB, GHC Public Relations
It’s better to light one candle than curse the darkness. Thanks to the efforts and collaboration of many children and adults in the Graceville, MN area, there’s a lot more “light” now than a month ago. Graceville Health Center sponsored a three-week drive to collect Beanie Babies, popular soft animal shaped toys, to send to U.S. Troops serving in Iraq—not for the soldiers themselves, but for them to give to the Iraqi children. The idea came from Any Soldier US, a national volunteer organization.
The Any Soldier US website says Beanie Babies “are really easy for the soldiers to carry with them and give to the local kids who love them. There is NO more effective ambassador for our country than a soldier helping the local folks. This is done far more often than the press shows, and quite probably the most important thing a soldier will ever do.”
After posters, newspapers and radio announcements raised public awareness, toys started pouring in by the dozens at drop off points in Graceville and surrounding towns. Area elementary school children donated five dozen on the last day of school. All the postage was also donated, by an area 4H Club, a bank and private individuals. Altogether, the more than 925 Beanie Babies collected filled 13 boxes.
One of the nurses at GHC affiliate
SPC Barbosa, Kristina PFC Barbosa, Kira
C Company 230th Division SPT C Company (Med) 230th Division SPTBN
30th HSB, 1st Infantry Division 30th HSB, 1st Infantry Division
Operation Iraqi Freedom Operation Iraqi Freedom
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