Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Pack Teddy Bears for Peace for Iraqi Orphans

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The American Health Association, an award winning non-profit community service organization, through its "American Volunteer Corps" has collected 25,000 beanie babies, Teddy Bears, dolls and stuffed animals for the Orphans of War Campaign in Iraq. On Saturday, March 19, 2005 at Heritage Park West in Delray Beach, Florida, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will roll up their sleeves and pack the stuffed toys for shipment.

"These Teddy Bears are symbols of that love, compassion and hope of the American people for a better tomorrow from all Americans", said Lt. Colonel Bob Weinstein, Chairman for the Orphans of War Campaign and a member of the American Health Association. "I believe that Americans have the best interest in mind for the Iraqi people and really want to address their legitimate needs. There is a connection between a better tomorrow for Iraq and a better tomorrow for America."

"It makes sense to build on the generosity of the Americans and attempt to give the orphans of Iraq a sense of hope and love that there is a better future ahead," said Rob Gordon, Executive Director of American Health Association. "

The last two decades in Iraq's history have brought civil war with the Kurds, conflicts with neighboring Iran, the invasion of Kuwait, the Gulf War and the aftermath of international sanctions. Now, the American liberation and the resultant insurgency or civil war has left thousands of innocent babies and tots without mothers and fathers. "While Teddy Bears can't win the war, it could win the hearts with some kindness for those left orphaned by the liberation of Iraq" said Weinstein.

Major Stephan Stewart of the Iraqi Assistance Center in Baghdad will coordinate the distribution in Iraq.

The American Volunteer Corps is part of the American Health Association. The American Volunteer Corps is still looking those who would like to adopt a box to cover the cost of packing, shipping and transport. Adopt a box of stuffed toys for $100. Contact the American Health Association for to adopt a box at (561) 361 9091.

Heritage Park West, 5859 Heritage Park Way (just off of Via Flora), Delray Beach, Florida 33484

Directions to Heritage Park West:

Located just North of West Atlantic Avenue on Via Flora Road. 1 mile West of Military Trail. 3 miles West of Interstate Highway 95. 2-1/2 miles East of the Florida Turnpike. 1/2 mile from Heritage Park East Campus.. Phone: 561 499 7744

A press conference has been schedules from 11am to 12 noon on March 19th, 2005 at Heritage Park West where the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be packing the Teddy Bears, dolls and stuffed animals for shipment to Iraq.

Contact for the Girl Scouts in Sunray, Florida: Susan Capone, Membership Developer for Sunray Service Unit (Delray Beach area) in Florida. You may reach Susan at or 561-276-0480.

Contacts for the Girl Scouts of Palm Glades Council in Florida, Lisa Johnson (Communications Director), Holly (Policy Communications Manager) and Myra Zuclich (Field Manager), 561

For more info on the American Health Association visit their website at:    or contact J. Robert Gordon at (561) 361 9091

For more info on Lt. Col. Weinstein, visit his website at

Other Press Releases on the Orphans of War Campaign:

Army Times as well as Air force, Marine and Navy Times Press Coverage of the Orphans of War Campaign for Iraqi Orphans in the Issue, 27 Dec. 2004

Ty Inc. to Donate 10,000 Beanie Baby Bears for Iraqi Orphans

Retired Army Reserve Lt. Colonel Bob Weinstein Spearheads Teddy Bear Collection Drive as Chairman for the Orphans of War Campaign in Iraq on Behalf of the American Health Association based out of Boca Raton, Florida


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