Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Toys-For-Troops (dot)com

(If you don't have time to muck through this, quickly, quickly, skip to the end. I implore you!)

I have more Beanie Baby updates for you all. This really has been one exciting, albeit inadvertent, endeavor. I confess that I was a little nervous there, at the numbers of beanies that were being shipped over to my kiddo. I hadn't heard, until a few days ago, that Brian and his buddies were able to handle the volume of your oh-so-generous contributions.

There have been a few days when I've felt like an absolute lunatic for shipping boxes and boxes of beanie babies over. I've found myself thinking, "What am I DOING? Those guys are over there, working, and fighting, and they're dirty, and exhausted, and I'm sending stuffed toys? Those boys must think I've taken absolute leave of my senses; I am surely "The Crazy Mom."

But now I know.

I know, now, that though we might not be stopping the insanity, we are putting a smile on more than a few faces. Children are laughing because of us. Soldiers are looking for your packages. They WANT your boxes and beanies on THEIR trucks. There ARE dusty, sweaty, exhausted boys over there, that are having a bit of fun and a laugh.

Because of you.

All the way over there, on the other side of the world. You are touching our American boys, and their Iraqi children and parents.

If world leaders can't come to terms, at least we can, as mere citizens, shake one another's hands, hand a few toys to their kids, and put smiles on their faces. If that's not one step toward world peace, I don't know what is.

It is what we can do.

And NOW, without further adieu, I present you the half-baked, incomplete, under-construction, I-have-no-idea-what-I'm-doing website:

Yes, it's come to all that. It is TIME to raise the roof and GET THIS PARTY STARTED.


Blog this. Send the link to everyone you know, and ask them to send it to everyone THEY know.
I swear. I'll fix you spaghetti, too, if you do.

—My heart.


  1. Thursday's blog will get the mention and the e-mail you sent has been forwarded along to my contacts.

    Best of luck!

  2. I just added your link to my post ... which coincidently today, happens to be about supporting our troops!

  3. Yea!

    The site looks terrific. I can't wait to see what happens next!

  4. I've sent a shout out to everyone and I've posted at The boys are going through our Beanies as I type.

  5. Anonymous9:07 PM

    I have to say I've been lurking at your blog for over a year now & what you are doing is great. I've got my entire office collecting beanies and I've posted at my mom & stepmom groups. I'm praying for a big response. I'll e-mail when I have a box. We all have to support our troops & thank you for a way of doing it for all of us.

  6. This is the best news/idea I have heard since Samaritans Purse. And I just went to a garage sale last weekend that had tons of beenie babies...if I can just remember where I went I promise I will go back. They were in good condition too...ohhh as I am typing I think I have remembered!!

  7. Wonderful!!! It's funny how situations like these can manage to bring out wonderful endeavors like this!!!

    I'm preparing some stuff your way!!!

  8. OK, I just pimped your new site on my blog and sent out the word on my email list. I hope that helps.


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