The Command Post – Global Recon – Operation Give: “Fill the Plane” Campaign
Operation Give, a charitable organization that sends toys and other goods to the children of Iraq and Afghanistan, have found a way to collect supplies for the relief effort and get them over there quickly, thanks to the generosity of FedEx.
Rev. Donald Sensing best described the operation at his weblog, so I took the liberty of excerpting what he wrote to best explain what OpGive is doing.
Chief Wiggles (aka Army Chief Warrant Officer Paul Horton), who founded Operation Give while serving in Iraq, just announced he has arranged for free FedEx relief flights to aid tsunami victims. Paul explains all here.
Basically, as Winds of Change explains, Paul has…
… offered Operation Give’s Salt Lake City Warehouse, and FedEx has offered both to take a planeload of goods to the Indian Ocean area, but to pick up and transship those donated goods from your house to the warehouse.
Paul lists some things needed, but here is a shortcut we Methodists have learned from working with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which operates disaster relief worldwide.
UMCOR has long listed specific “kits” useful for relief. Here is a popular one that is easy to assemble. It is called the Health Kit and costs about $12; they are distributed to individuals. Please note assembly instructions at the end! Also – new items only!
- 1 hand towel
- 1 one-gallon Ziplock-type bag
- 1 washcloth
- 1 regular size hair comb (not pocket size)
- 1 nail file or nail clipper
- 1 unopened bar of bath-size soap
- 1 unopened toothbrush
- 1 unopened, large tube of toothpaste (no travel or sample sizes)
- 6 adhesive bandages, such as Band-Aids
Wrap all the items inside the new hand towel and tie it closed with string or yarn. Place the bundle inside the gallon bag and seal it. You’re done!
Click the link at the top of this post for further info, as this is not the entire article.