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US Soldier with Iraqi Child
Beanies for the Kids Project
Update:  June 24, 2004

Thank you to http://AnySoldier.com/  
for alerting us to the soldiers’ requests
 for “beanies”. 
Please visit their site
to see how your family can
help support a deployed soldier.

During May, 2004 Hamilton students collected Beanie Babies and other small stuffed toys to send to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We set a goal of 1000 beanies which the soldiers would distribute to local children.  

Our project was a HUGE success and we want to thank all the groups, individuals, schools and businesses who helped us; especially Boy Scout Troop 761, Ashburn Elementary School, Park View High School and Mac and Linda Gryder of Storage Plus in Leesburg.  

We collected a total of 3, 367 beanies and other stuffed animals.  

900 of the beanies were mailed to individual Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.  49 of the larger stuffed animals will go to an orphanage in Zambia,  Africa through the mission work of the Purcellville Baptist Church (Thank you to our former librarian, Nancy Brown).  The rest of the beanies - 2300+ will be shipped to Operation Give. They will be container shipped to Iraq and distributed to Iraqi children through the United States Military.  

We used a portion of the profits from our "School Store" to pay postage and to send a small phone card to each of the 18 soldiers who will distribute the beanies for us.  The students and staff of Hamilton Elementary School are proud to support our deployed soldiers and help the children of Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa.  

Sorting and Counting

4th Grade Helpers
Fourth graders pose with the first group of  beanies.

Sorting the Beanies
Counting the Beanies
Sorting and Counting

If your family would like additional information on how to support our deployed soldiers, go to

If you have questions, please call or email the Technology Resource Teacher:  Katie Neville*  (kneville@loudoun.k12.va.us)

*Mrs. Neville’s son is currently deployed with the 1st Armored Division.


Boxes of Beanies
Shipping Container

Do you know how many beanies fit in a 5.2 cubic
foot "dish barrel"?  (400)

Do you know how many beanies fit in a #7 Priority Mail Box?  (50)

Mailing boxes

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Our Beanie Project Flyer is  in PDF format.  Click "Get Acrobat" for a free reader.
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Last update: June 24, 2004

This web page is an ongoing project of the students and staff of 
Hamilton Elementary School.
If you have comments or questions,
please email the
Technology Resource Teacher