Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pennies for Blankets: Texas Elementary School Collecting Pennies to Help Soldier's Afghan Project

For regular readers of this blog, you know that we're supporting the humanitarian project of Specialist Gerardo Llamas. After learning about Specialist Llamas from this blog, Spirit of America sent blankets and schools supplies, and Spirit of America also supports this project on its website.

Here's today's email from Specialist Llamas:

Dear Mrs. Miller,

Today has been a beautiful day here in Afghanistan, not only weather related but also for my project. First I received 5 boxes of goods. One contained 20 fleece hoodies for children; the other one was full of school supplies; another one had some clothes and full of shoes for children including some sandals and tennis shoes; the other two had blankets and stuffed animals. It was great to receive them.

I'm running out of room in my room for the boxes but I'm arranging for some additional storage. There are boxes under my bed, on top of my locker and piled along the wall.

If that was not enough, later on in the evening I received an email from Evi Hancock in San Antonio, Texas, which I'm forwarding with this email with an attachment that took me by surprise. When I opened it I literally felt tears running down my face; I just could not help it. I'm so grateful for all this and for the help of all the people that have contributed to my project.

This is what makes America beautiful! People like this make America beautiful!


Kind Regards,

SPC Llamas Gerardo
US Army

Email from Evi Hancock in San Antonio, Texas, to SPC Llamas:

Just wanted to let you know that my children's elementary school will be conducting a penny drive to help raise money to send more school supplies. See attached.


Education makes us smarter people. But did you know education is a privilege? Not all children can afford to go to school and not all those that go have the extra money for school supplies. That is the case in many parts of the world.

There is a young serviceman (SPC Gerardo Llamas) stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, that is trying to help the children out in local schools. Afghanistan is very poor and many children do not have their own pencils and paper to do their homework!

Students at Watts Elementary are very blessed and want to help their contemporaries by collecting school supplies.

To collect funds we will be conducting a penny drive. Bring in all your pennies to your classroom by February 13, 2009.

The class that collects the most pennies wins a pizza party!

You can help too. Donate now.

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