Pictures from the desert

Here are some pictures back from Iraq of the school supplies and other items that were shipped from the chapel community at Andrews to one of our commanders who is deployed there and working with "Operation Outreach". His First Seargent and I made the purchases and arranged shipping. Airmen on the receiving end took the items out to local bedouyn tribes.

I especially like this first picture of this little barefooted girl with her box of crayons, paper, pencils, and other school supplies.

Another picture with a young family.

Here, the bulk of what was sent has arrived. Items included notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, rulers, sandals, and some toys. Also, other organizations on base here at Andrews sent some school supplies and clothing as well.

Notice the "Hooters" sweatshirt worn by the little boy on the left. What is considered a castoff in our world can be a great thing in another place.

Our troops are making a difference. So are the people who supported this program through the chapel. One constant message I hear from our wounded as they pass through, is how much they love the children of Iraq and how much the children love our soldiers. They are bright and beautiful people, and I suspect that one day American and Iraqi shall be the best of friends.