24 August 2008

73rd Cavalry volunteers tend burned Iraqi children

Hi Friends,

I recently received from a friend, Deb, this great news about US troops at CSC Scania (that's Convoy Support Center) south of Baghdad who are volunteering their time to run a clinic for Iraqis in need of medical care. These aren't people who were sent to Iraq as medical providers. Their official duty is to refuel trucks and keep them running on the convoy line running north and south through Mesopotamia. They treat up to 80 patients a day, many of them burned children. They report that they are seeing the same burns I saw so commonly: scald and oil spil burns from uncovered cooking sources in the home. They rely on donated service hours and donated supplies. If ever anyone needed a reason to be proud of our military, look no further than these troops.

Here's a video on YouTube:



and from CBS:



Here is the information provided for those who want to help:

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Items needed are:

Medihoney antibacterial cream
Kerlix
Xeroform petroleum dressings
Non-adhesive dressings
Chucks
Tylenol/paracetemol (Infant,Child and Adult)
Motrin/Ibuprofen (Infant,Child and Adult)
IV line sets
Benadryl (Child and Adult)

Additional items needed are:

Flip flops/Sandals
Sneakers
Clothes
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Toys
Stuffed Animals
Socks
Crayons and Coloring Books

PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH OR CHECKS

Mail your donations to:

Jimmy Compton
SOC
CSC Scania
APO AE 09331

For more information, send your email to :
jimmycompton@gmail.com

"Thank you to all the volunteers around the world who extend their hand to help another."
And, please spread the word on this one, would you?

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4 comments:

Kim said...

What an absolutely inspiring story. I'm going to write about it on my blog.

Also - for those who want to contribute, you can get bulk gauze rolls and non-adherent dressings off of overstock.com

Still looking for Medihoney

Laurel said...

Hi, Chris!

Thanks for posting this wonderful story. I'll send a supply of teddy bears from our county hospital gift shop. I'll also forward your message to area hospitals in the event they want to donate some medical supplies.

Laurel

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Chris said...

Kim,

Thanks for passing on the word. Even though the burn clinic will close soon, the burn patients won't be going anywhere. The need will still be there.

Laurel,

Thanks for getting in touch with Jimmy to track down the future closing of the clinic.

Soldier fun,

I do appreciate your visit. Best wishes,

Chris