School Supplies for Afghan Children: the continuing story

Hello Readers! Today was the “first” day of our 100% hands on USF Honors class: “Social Media, Social Change.” Going into this class I did not realize the amount of work and consideration that goes into supporting causes and making sure that the envisioned goal is achieved. I now realize that I have a lot to learn.

Preparing the first boxes of the semester. Photo by Shelby Register.

   We started off the class by packing 18 boxes to ship out. Did you know the post office differentiates boxes? That seems like a trivial piece of information but not all boxes cost the same: there are flat rate boxes which have a flat rate regardless of the weight, there are boxes whose cost is determined by weight and size, there are custom sheets that need to be filled out for each box when shipping internationally, there are holes in boxes that need to be sealed to prevent non-school supplies from entering in (ie. sand, dust, bugs..), there is even an art to arranging the supplies just right so that the maximum space available is used. All of these are important aspects of shipping that I’ve never considered but are so vitally important.

Final farewell to 18 boxes. Next stop: US troops in Afghanistan who will take them to the local kids on humanitarian mission. Photo by Shelby Register.

This is just the beginning of my journey to seeing more of the world beyond my immediate line of sight. The beginning of experiencing, thinking, and considering more of what it takes to make a change in a manner that I haven’t considered before. I’ve never thought of making a change in another country and the possibility that that could in a way effect the world at large. I always thought of changes in smaller scales but our Professor is right. Through education who knows what the possibilities are? Education leads to power through knowledge and opportunities and as a fellow stationary obsesser, nothing represents education more than a sheet of paper, a pencil, and a pen. So go ahead, make an investment and send whatever supplies you have from those “back to school” shopping sprees. Do you really need 10 packs of pencils this semester? To find out how you can send it to us, check out:

Stay tuned for next week when we meet retired SMSgt Rex Temple himself: the one who started it all. See his story at:

Until next time~


About Phoebe

I'm a student at the University of South Florida majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I would like to be a Speech Language Pathologist in the future. In my spare time I enjoy learning new things, meeting new people, spending time with my family and traveling. Oh, and a good book is always a plus!
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2 Responses to School Supplies for Afghan Children: the continuing story

  1. Thank you for your involvement in this project. My son is a soldier serving in Afghanistan. He was really happy to find out about My Last Tour when he decided to try to collect school supplies for a village near his base. He believes if it can make a difference in even one child’s life it is well worth the effort. I agree. Good luck to you and your classmates this semester!

  2. itsphoebe says:

    Thank you, Ms. Gilleland for your words of support. I wanted to thank you and your family first for your son’s service. I’m glad that we were able to help him in his collection of school supplies. It’s very cool to hear from someone who has received the packages and to hear that our efforts are making somewhat of a difference. We each do what we can right? Thank you again!

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