Monday, March 13, 2006

From a Soldier

“Operation School Supplies”

In September 1945, Kisarasu, in war-torn Japan, an 11-year old girl named Natstu was ready to start school. At a local store, she eyed the only two yellow pencils the store had left. She needed the pencils badly, but due to post war inflation, the price was just too high. Then two American service members walk into the store. She had never seen G.I.s before, let alone African-American G.I.s. Out of the goodness of their hearts, they purchased the two yellow pencils for Natsu. She was so happy and never ever forgot the generosity of those Americans. Now, over 60-years later in Las Vegas, Nevada Natsu, shares that same experience with her 11-year old grand daughter.

It is my turn to return that good deed. I am MSgt Douglas L. Webster and along with my Commander, Lt Col Kathryn Kolbe and our entire Military Transition Team, we are appealing to all those who are able to help. The schools in Nasiriyah, Iraq are war torn and poorly furnished. The students need simple, basic school supplies such as: notebooks, folders, crayons, rulers, round-end scissors, erasers, glue sticks, soccer balls, jump ropes, and of course, pencils and pencil sharpeners. Please do not send food or money.

We appreciate your assistance. Thank you and Semper Fidelis. Please send packages to the following address NO LATER THAN -- 31 Mar 06.

Military Transition Team
c/o “Operation School Supplies”
CMATT Base Support Unit
APO AE 09331

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