Church collects items for U.S. soldier, Iraqi children
Westborough – The Peace and Justice Committee at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 3 John St., Westborough, has "adopted" a female soldier in Iraq. The soldier is a sergeant whose name is Erin. She is 25 years old, from western Pennsylvania and has a 16-monthold daughter. Erin joined the Army after high school, before Sept. 11, 2001. She has done three tours of duty, two in South Korea and the third in Iraq. Erin is very active in her church at home, and prior to joining the Army, went on several mission trips to impoverished areas in South America.
As part of the adoption, the parish will lend support to the soldier by writing at least one letter a week and sending one or two care packages a month. Soldiers love to receive gifts and letters, which help keep their spirits up. Erin's preferences include gummy bears, mystery novels and historically based romance stories as well as DVDs or CDs of country music. She needs a pillow and sheets for a deep twin-size air mattress, A, AA and C batteries, Herbal Essence shampoo, Aussie deep conditioners and spritzers.
Erin has indicated that she would rather collect and distribute items for the Iraqi children and families devastated by the war than ask for many items for herself.
A letter from Erin reads, "Iraqi families' homes have been damaged or destroyed and many have lost their possessions. I am not asking for brand new things, just lightly used items such as summer clothing (the temperature reaches 115 degrees), shoes, stuff ed animals, baby dolls, sidewalk chalk, etc. Things that kids of any background would play with. I feel guilty asking for a lot of things for myself when these beautiful kids have nothing. Thank you for all you have done and all you will be doing."
Because Iraq is very hot, the boys generally wear sandals, shorts, lightweight pants and T-shirts, or for little girls, sun dresses with simple patterns such as flowers. Frisbees are appreciated by the soldiers and the children.
Anyone wishing to help support this project of concern for the innocent victims of the war and to help improve
" America's image with the Iraqis can pick up information or leave appropriate items to be sent to Erin at St. Stephen's Church office or the Peace and Justice Table in Fay Hall. The drive will last through Sunday Sept. 7. Please contact Ruth at 508- 485-5338 or rbeck76@verizon. net with any questions.
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