A Request From Kandahar
Those that have been stopping in at Nitpicker for more than six months (or from its inception) are aware that while I have been sittin' in here since last November, this blog is the creation of Terry Welch who has recently been deployed in Afghanistan. Those new to Nitpicker now know that I am a squatter (albeit an invited one). At any rate, the following is a modest request from Terry on behalf of children in Afghanistan:
All,So, go be a pen pal. Note that only Office Max mentions shipping to APO addresses (Office Depot is domestic APO only; Staples doesn't make mention of APOs). However, APO shipments go via good ol' US mail so you can just buy them at your favorite office supply outlet and ship them through your local post office. Thanks, in advance - I know Terry & the kids will be pleased to get the packages.
As many of you know, I am currently in the apolitical position of Army public affairs specialist in Afghanistan. I only recently arrived, after waiting for 2.5 months at Ft. Riley, Kansas, but that's another issue. I'm writing you all today because I'm going to take many of you up on your offers and rudely ask a favor of those who made no offer.
When I first mentioned on my blog, Nitpicker, that I was going to be deployed, a large number of you asked how you could help me, what I would need for Afghanistan. The truth is, there's not much. However, I just went on my first mission with a civil affairs group and found a way you might be able to help me out.
It seems that the children of Afghanistan want nothing more than they want a pen.
It was explained to me that the villages through which I traveled (near Kandahar, where I'm based) are so poor that a pen is like a scholarship to these children. They desperately want to learn but, without a pen, they simply won't. It's a long story. I won't bore you with it. Trust me, though, when I say that it would be a big deal if even a few of you could put up the call for pens for me. Anyone interested in helping out could either send some directly to me or go to these sites and send them, where you can find them for as cheap as $.89 a dozen.
You can send them to me at this address:
Terry L. Welch
Kandahar Public Affairs Office
APO AE 09355