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Backpacks for Kids Shipped From Iowa to Ramadi

A group of Iowans living in Washington, D.C., came up with the idea of delivering 600 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to Iraqi schoolchildren in Ramadi. As it turned out, enough money was raised to buy 1400 backpacks stuffed with supplies.

Marine Master Sergeant John Ubaldi arranged the shipment of 14 pallets through the Minnesota trucking company NOVCO, Spirit of America, and Fed/Ex.

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Not only were the backpacks delivered, but also soccer balls, soccer uniforms, miscellaneous school supplies for teachers, and 2,500 stuffed animals.

This was a great program, said Lieutenant Colonel Todd Jacobus. It's too bad that every soldier in Ramadi couldn't participate in an event like this. You walk away from this feeling as if there is a great deal of hope…One of the reasons we wanted to do this was that if you can impact young Iraqi children and put a seed in their minds that we are here to do something good and that there is hope for them.

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