Hiya, everybody. So, here we are, coming down to the wire for getting bundles into the mail for Fallujah. End of the week, if you can — getting things in the mail by the end of April means stuff should make it out to the far reaches of the world, or Fallujah, by mid to late May. So, there’s still time if you’re putting the final touches on something or are just really, really quick about it.
And if you’re not super quick, and you’d find yourself missing that deadline? Fear not. I’m closing up the details for the next go around. We’re take a small pause with the ending this month, catch our breath and, for me, sleep a little bit, and then kick off the next surge. Will it be good? Nope — it’ll be awesome. Stick around, check in from time to time, or, if you’re brave, there’s an email subscription option over there on the right side of the page — you’ll get updates to the blog right there in your email in box. Think of it like the flood of AOL CD’s you use to get in the mail, just not annoying or bad for the environment.
So, we have one last thing to talk about. SSP4. Time to be straight about it.
Super Secret Project 4 has been about babies.
Really. Babies. Yes, the hard-core killer Army guy behind IBOL has a soft spot for babies.
Who: The SSP4 Platoon
What: Receiving blankets
When: Now through the end of April
Where: Kurdish region and Kirkuk to start, for onward usage across Iraq
Why: Because helping babies is pretty awesome. And by pretty awesome, I mean totally awesome.
Jessica from preemptivelove.org contacted me about IBOL a while ago, and pitched the idea of doing something together. Preemptive Love operates out of northern Iraq, but they also do work in an Nasariyah, near my beloved marshes. It’s worth going to their site to read about what they do. Anyway, they have access to different places, and different groups. While IBOL3D has been about helping widows in places like Fallujah, SSP4 is about the little ones.
So, we came up with a plan. With some recruited volunteers, folks have been sending their hand-made receiving blankets to Kirkuk, for onward movement to the Preemptive Love folks in Sulaymaniyah. Jessica and crew will bring them along on their medical missions, and share them with families and new babies. Which is pretty awesome, I think.
To all of you who helped with this, thank you. These types of side projects are kinda fun.
And for all of you who helped out, by all mean, now is the time to come out of the woodwork and leave a comment about. Share your stories, share your photos, tell tall tales if you must. Because there are a lot of you, and a lot of neat stories that you’ve shared in emails about what you’ve done with this side project.