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June 16, 2004

How to Help the World War on Terror Without Costing Yourself a Dime

Sgt. Hook has begun Operation Shoe Fly, a charitable drive to put shoes on the feet of shoeless Afghan children:

After the mission was complete and back at our home base, I was sitting around with a group of crewdogs cleaning our hogs (M60D machine guns). I mentioned what I had witnessed earlier regarding the little girl with the bright blue eyes and one of the crew chiefs said, “You got to unwrap the candy first when you give it to the girls Top, that way they can pop it in their mouth right away before the boys can get to it.”

It seems my crewdogs have already figured out a way to bring some joy, even if for only as long as it takes to eat a piece of candy, to the Afghani children, boys and girls alike. The conversation continued with concern for the children of this place as Coalition forces fight to rid the Taliban and other enemies of Afghanistan while brining stability to the region so as to allow democracy to flourish, there are the children, the children with no shoes on their feet.

Just about every flight engineer and crew chief has noticed over the course of flying across this place called Afghanistan these past months that a large percentage of the children have no shoes to wear and of course, almost all of the girls are shoeless.

We've all got those stupid bad-weather sneakers, and shoes that never quite fit right, sitting in the backs of our closets. They're wearable, but we don't wear them.

Send 'em on to kids who will:

Operation Shoe Fly
B Co, 214th Aviation Regiment
Bagram, Afghanistan
APO AE 09354-9998

They'll take new shoes too, of course.


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