Help Us Learn, Give Us Hope – Revisited

We’ve written before on the noble efforts of retired Army Colonel, Gary LaGrange and his organization, Help Us Learn…Give Us Hope .  In an effort to help build K-12 libraries in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as to rebuild university libraries, Help Us Learn…Give Us Hope has partnered with the Kansas Association of School Librarians to collect books.  Once collected, the books are shipped out with military brigades transporting troops and supplies to the regions.

People have taken notice.  The Corporation for National and Community Service is presenting Colonel LaGrange with the Spirit of Service Award.  The awards are presented annually to those who have ‘performed exemplary service in their communities’.

Eighteen hundred soldiers, airmen, teachers, students, and parents have asked for support, and Gary’s organization has responded.  More than 500,000 pounds of supplies and 540,000 books have been donated, via weekly shipments.  More than 300,000 children have received supplies through the organization.  RSVP members and the spouses and children of deployed soldiers, among others are the fuel that drives “Help Us Learn…Give Us Hope”.  Gary LaGrange found a way to help our soldiers and our country by helping others.  After receiving supplies, a teacher in Kandahar, Afghanistan wrote, “It is our greatest hope to have our children learn.  Your help is the very best way to help us and for you to win our trust.  Your gifts are gifts from God.”

Over half a million books!  We are truly impressed and touched by this organization’s efforts.  If you’re interested in learning more or donating, click here .

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