US Army Captain William Perrich, a civilian called back to active duty, and soldiers of the 413th Civil Affairs Battalion, are making a difference in Southern Baghdad in the towns of Mahmudiyah, Yousifiyah, Lutifiyah and Al Rasheed through personal humanitarian efforts. Their mission is to rebuild the Iraqi infrastructure - hospitals, clinics, schools, water treatment plants and more. Seeing the urgent needs and extreme poverty, Capt. Perrich, his soldiers and their families and friends, founded a charity to funnel humanitarian aid to Iraqi families and children. These efforts improve the lives of Iraqi families and the safety of US soldiers.
"The people here are friendly and appreciate our help in many ways. They live in total poverty, and our hearts go out to them, especially the children. We are collecting donations to do what we can to make their lives better. The smiles of gratitude make it all worthwhile," say the soldiers.
Capt Perrich called upon his family to set us a 501c3 charity - www.helpiraqifamilies.org - to collect humanitarian aid. Through this charity, he has received and distributed:
- medical suppies sent from doctor's offices
- school supplies sent collected and sent from US schools
- clothing provided by thrift shops
- used sports equipment and toys
Beverly Peyton, President of Blue Star Mothers, Miami Valley chapter #3, supports Capt Perrich by sending packages and supplies for soldiers and civilians. "It is so improtant to show our troops that we care about them and their safety. This is a win-win situation for our soldiers and needy Iraqi families. We are honored to be able to help Capt. Perrich and his soldiers."
Capt Perrich says, "We deeply appreciate your help in our mission to relieve suffering, build a sovereign government, and help the children of Iraq live through this savage period of history. Iraqi families are very grateful to receive help from American citizens. It shows we care. The goodwill this creates is priceless."
All donations are tax-deductible. Please visit their website at Help Iraqi Families.