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Friday, January 19, 2007

Toys to Iraq

Stuffed animals seem to multiply and replenish the kids room in our house. I seriously don't know where they all come from. The bottom line is they cannot stay. That's why stumbling upon this post today at Parent Hacks, I got excited about the opportunity for relocaion of my stuffed animal zoo and I thought I would help spread the word.

When Edmay Mayers, an amazing member of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, heard there were parents (like me) wondering what to do with their gently used stuffed animals and toys, she wrote in and suggested sending them to children in Iraq.

Now it does cost money to ship the toys to her APO address, making it more expensive than donating them to a local organization, but it's a great opportunity to discuss world issues with your children as you sort through toys. A commentor over at the Parent Hacks post suggested children could even write letters - "Here's my toy Stuffy, I hope you like him as much as I did." It's also nice to know the toys will be going straight into the hands of children who will love them instead of collecting dust on a thrift store shelf.

To find out where to send gently used (and new) stuffed animals and toys for Toys to Iraq look HERE.


  • Thank you for this. We are about to embark on some serious purging, and the stuffed animals will not be immune from it....
    posted by Blogger Kage at 1/20/2007 05:56:00 AM  

  • Ernest Goes To Iraq
    had some nice stories about passing out stuffed animals to the kids in Iraq (Archives:August 2005). He's since left Iraq but his previous stories are still there to read.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1/20/2007 11:22:00 AM  

  • Thanks for this. We already have our box full, and I will be sending a note to preschool about it. Thangs again!
    posted by Blogger Heather O. at 1/20/2007 02:54:00 PM  

  • This is also great timing for us...we are pairing down and packing up...what a great thing to do! I really appreciate it when people share this kind of info.
    posted by Blogger Jen at 1/20/2007 09:13:00 PM  

  • my grandma just gathered stuffed animals to send to Iraq - not sure who she did it through, but I thought it was a great idea. We sent a ton of toys and it was so nice knowing they would be enjoyed. Thanks for sharing.
    posted by Blogger Melissa at 1/22/2007 09:21:00 AM  

  • Thanks to all for making such a great difference in the lives of these young children in Iraq. God bless and keep each and everyone of you safe in the palms of His hands. /Edmay Mayers
    posted by Anonymous Edmay Mayers at 2/04/2007 02:08:00 AM  

  • I don't know if anyone is still reading this thread or not....BUT I just sent about 20-25 stuffed animals of varying sizes in a small moving box for $8.85. I thought that was very reasonable for a charitable donation....so go collect your stuffed animals and send them out!
    posted by Blogger Kage at 2/06/2007 07:14:00 AM  

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