As outraged as we are and as horrifying as the pictures of dead and injured children are we can find solice in the fact that we are horrified and outraged. We are not the war mongers of the right who simply don't seem to care how many lives they destroy as long as they get to play with their guns.
To leave this morning's discussions on a happy note, I found a site for a group called, Operation Iraqi Children. It was founded by Gary Sinise and Laura Hillenbrand. They are doing great work.
Follow me to the flip side...
Operation Iraqi Children collects school supplies. They provide a list here that details the supplies that are to be included. Donors put together the supply packages and they are shipped to Kansas City, MO where they are prepared for international transport.
Here is my proposal. We as a group should assemble as many of these packages as possible. We can do this at our various Drinking Liberally gatherings. I will make sure I get a list to each group to see if they want to participate.
I am not trying to break the bank. I know it is difficult for many of us to come up with extra money at the end of the month and others of us have committed to our candidates of choice or other charities. The supply lists are very small with no expensive items. If each person in a DL signed up for one or two items and then pitched in a dollar for shipping that would probably cover it and nobody would have to give more than $2-$3.
Emily was looking at this site with me and has decided to do a fundraiser here in Charlotte to raise money to put together as many packets as possible for her Bronze Award as a Junior Girl Scout. Her goal is 20 supply packets. If each DL put together one (Durham, Chapel Hill, Asheville, Raleigh) that would be 24 school supply packs for Iraqi children.
This small project doesn't begin to solve the massive issues that Iraqi children will face in their lives. However, there is nothing more empowering than taking action. Taking action makes us part of the solution and if having school supplies can help produce the smiles seen at this web site, then it will be worth the small effort it will take.