Supplies collected as part of a local drive called Operation Iraqi Schools arrived in the capital city about a week and a half ago, said Tribune-Herald marketing director Ann Roznovsky.
Since then, soldiers from the 56th Brigade Combat Team of the Texas National Guard
have been distributing them to schools throughout the area, she
asked if local residents might be able to send school supplies for a classroom or two.
Many of the schools in Baghdad were little more than mud huts, Bentley told Roznovsky
, and most children lacked even basic supplies, such as writing paper and crayons.
eagerly responded and told Bentley that Central Texas could do more than help just a few dozen children.
replied once again and said she
was setting a goal of 2,000 children, recalling how generous Central Texans had been with the phone card drive.
...An appeal was put out to the community and it didn't take long, Roznovsky said, before donations started pouring in. Staples, the office supply company, lent the most help by coordinating about $17,000 in contributions from school-products suppliers.
But just as heartwarming, Roznovsky
said, were all of the smaller donations.Some came from individuals.Others were from churches, schools and other groups, such as $140 sent in by a group of Crawford residents who drink coffee together every morning.
,It was a preponderance of individuals,, Roznovsky said. ,I just love that, that it was real people like you and me who work for a living and are willing to share.,
In total, the campaign raised $31,247 in cash and goods contributions, Roznovsky