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Mailing the Toys to the Iraqi Kids

Img 6160Here is a follow-up to our post, Toys for Iraqi Kids. The boys and I rounded up stuffed animals they were given as infants that they never used (most still with tags on them). We used the shipping supplies we received free from the United Postal Service and we shipped eight stuffed animals in a medium-sized box (weighing 3lb, 12 oz.) to an APO address for $6.65. You only pay for domestic shipping, insurance, and confirmation for your package because it is going to a U.S. Army base. From there, the U.S. government takes care of getting packages to Edmay Mayers, a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who is currently stationed in Iraq and distributing toys to Iraqi children. She is there until November 2007 and will accept donations up until she leaves.

We wish for the safety of all those currently in Iraq.

– – Updated – – As of October 2009, this mailing address is current:
Edmay Mayers
USACE-GRD (District)-KRO
FOB Warrior-Kirkuk
APO, AE 09359

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  • Edmay,

    Are handmade dolls acceptable?
    Although I have no children yet, and therefore no spare toys, I would love to use some of my growing *mountain* of fabric *lol* to do some good. My husband is a soldier and was deployed to Iraq and cannot say enough about the generosity of the Iraqi people and how cute the kids were. 🙂 These would be soft, homemade cloth/rag dolls and animals in a variety of colors and would be suitable for both boys and girls.

    I ask only b/c I know that some children prefer the commercially available ones.

  • From Edmay:

    Hi to all,
    I am back in Iraq and would love to start receiving some boxes of toys, school supplies or any other items for the Children of Iraq. My new address is:
    Edmay Mayers
    USACE – GRN
    FOB – Warrior – Kirkuk
    APO, AE 09359

    I will be here in Kirkuk for at least a year but hopefully it will be two years. The children of Kirkuk would love to receive toys and items donated by our wonderful Americans. God bless all and thanks so much for your kindness and generosity. /Edmay

  • To all: The drive is not over as I thought it would be after I redployed. Please continue to send your items to either Mike Fellenz and/or Frank DeBoer at USACE-GRS, APO AE 09331

    Thanks to all and God bless each and every one of you for your great kindness to these precious children of Iraq.

    /Edmay

  • The toy drive is now over. See following update:
    7/30/07 update: Edmay’s toy drive is over, and she’s returning home to the United States. Please do not send any more toys or supplies. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done. — Parent Hacks Editor
    http://www.parenthacks.com/2007/05/send_your_used_.html

    Find a local place now – a school, shelter, etc that would love to receive donated toys.

  • I read the article about the toys for iraqi kids but it was from September 2006. Do you know if the same soldier is still there? Your post indicated that she’d accept donations through November 2007.

Written by Anisa Raoof