When our brother, MAJ John Stich, an Army Critical Care Nurse, was deployed
as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in early 2003 he asked us, his family, to get
involved. We started with a few yellow ribbons and pins and have not stopped
making over 10,000 bows and pins of every size imaginable. With the donations
from the bows and pins and with the help of friends, neighbors, schools and
churches we have been able to ship over
33,000 packages and counting.

The Soldiers express in their letters how much the notes, supplies and treats
from the home mean for their bodies, minds and morale. Our brother returned
home safely from OIF, now he is in OEF.  As the conditions for some of the
troops slowly improve, they are asking us to help the children of the region who
have been orphaned. Many have been abandoned at birth and will remain in the
orphanages until fully grown.  The need for humanitarian aid remains great.

This is where we need your help. Attached are lists of items needed most by our
troops, the schools and orphanages in Iraq and Afghanistan. As you look over
the lists, there are many items that you may have in your home or that are
inexpensive but would truly make daily life easier for so many. Please collect a
few items, write letters or make crafts for our Soldiers, then contact us. We will
provide you with addresses or (if you are from our area) we will ship your
donations with our monthly packages.

The Yellow Ribbon Girls are from western Pennsylvania, about 40 miles north of
Pittsburgh. We started with one Soldier’s request and have grown to support
several hundred service men and women. As some return safely, others just
start their deployment. It is only through the kindness of so many concerned
citizens we are able to continue this project.

Thank you in advance for any and all help. Even though major combat is over,
our troops struggle daily to survive. Their efforts barely make the news, but the
attacks they suffer everyday are real. We must continue to pray for them, their
mission and their families.
Patti Phillippi, Bonnie Phillippi, and Vicki Henley
1328 Woodside Ave.
Ellwood City, PA, 16117, USA
724-752-3314 (Patti)
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