As if in a replacement for their lost families and friends Beanie Babies are being given to wounded children at the hospital at Balad Air Base Iraq. U.S. troops also hand them out to Iraqi children that they come across.
A retired American teacher who organises the donations, Sydney R. Snyder, 64, said to The Republican: "It brings some comfort to children caught in a situation not of their own making, people have been very generous. It makes no difference where they are on the spectrum about the war. It is for the kids and for the troops."
Snyder said enabling the troops to give to the children also helps with the military personnel's morale.
Beanie Babies project cheers children in Iraq