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January 26, 2004
Release Number: 04-01-69
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TASK FORCE 1ST ARMORED DIVISION SOLDIERS SWAP SMILES WITH ORPHANS
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Even in a hostile environment where the enemy could be just around the corner, nothing will put a smile on a soldier's face more quickly than little kids.
The soldiers of 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Camp Marlboro never pass up a chance to make life just a little bit easier for some of the less fortunate Iraqi children.
The 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment supports Task Force 1st Armored Division.
Earlier this month, these soldiers visited Al-Rhama's House for Orphans where they have made lots of little friends. The orphanage is a privately run organization that takes care of approximately 53 girls and boys ranging in age from 5 to 19 years old.
"Most of these children either have no father or mother or no family at all and would be living on the streets if it were not for the orphanage," said Maj. Mathew Stuart, 2nd Squadron chaplain.
The soldiers were told about of the orphanage by a soccer coach in Sadr City.
Some of the "Cougars" took it upon themselves to collect school supplies to give to the kids. Soldiers' friends and families in the United States donated most of the supplies given to the children. The supplies ranged from school supplies to new shoes and toys.
The soldiers delivering the packages to the children were by no means strangers at the orphanage. Almost a month earlier, on Christmas Day, Maj. Stuart coordinated a toy drop at the orphanage where most of the kids were surprised to meet the soldiers.
This time around, the kids were "extremely excited to see us again" the chaplain said.
The ongoing relationship between the Cougars living at Camp Marlboro and the children at Al-Rhama's House for Orphans will continue, he said.
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