November 02, 2003


I rarely say anything about charitable acts I do, but I am going to make an exception in this case for a couple of reasons.

This week I took daughter #1 out and we bought supplies and toys to send to the kids and people of Iraq via Chief Wiggles and Operation Give (mad props to Dean Esmay for pushing this relentlessly.). Everybody who reads this has probably already responded to Chief Wiggles drive, but you never know. While it is easiest to send money, and I have no doubt that it is appreciated, involving a young person back here in the whole process helps lay the seeds for future good deeds in ways that a check just can't. If you haven't found the time or opportunity yet to help, maybe today would be a good time to take care of it. You can do it for me since it's my birthday!

Over at Ipse Dixit, Dodd posted an item from a New York paper from a librarian about his son and other soldiers needing books to read in some areas just to pass the time -- and it does look like they are going to be there for a long time. I packed up six hardback Tom Clancy novels, and softcopy versions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Three Musketeers, to Capt. David Spencer and his fellow soldiers in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Task Force 1-63 Armor. I think the idea of books arriving from all over our country from people they don't know will help assure them that their efforts are appreciated and that we do think of them frequently.

While shipping the books, I got into a discussion with the woman behind the counter who asked if Capt. Spencer was a friend or relative. When I told her it was neither and explained, she was so impressed that she took all the info necessary and said she was going to do the same thing. (Sowing the seeds of love!) Since Capt. Spencer's was only looking for 200 books or so, he probably is going to have to be building more shelves soon. I'm sure that any overflow they have will find its way to another unit. But if you're concerned about overburdening Capt. Spencer's shelves, there is another site that let's you send books to other soldiers in the armed forces.

So, what are you waiting for?

Posted by Charles Austin at November 2, 2003 10:08 AM

On Friday I shipped off a few recent thrillers to Capt. Spencer & Co., and sent a book and CD via to a soldier at Books for Soldiers who likes music and inspirational books. I'll try to keep it up by doing something once a month. I'm also taking flyers made by Dean Esmay, that I printed off in color, to Rutgers today to staple up around campus. Maybe some students will send toys. We can hope, yes?

Posted by: susanna at 11:40 AM

I registered over at Books for Soldiers. Have some books I think will be useful for some fellow.

I'll be telling my friends about this site.

Thanks, Charles!

Posted by: JulieC at 06:25 AM