Toys to Iraq: Edmay’s coming home

For the latest information about how to send toys to Iraq, please see the original post.

Edmay — the amazing grandmother stationed in Iraq who has spearheaded collecting toys for children in Iraq — is ending her time there and coming home. From Edmay in the comments of this post:

TO ALL: Please do not send any more toys, etc. to me in Iraq as I am going to curtail my assignment and return home early. It is just time for me to go home for numerous reasons. I do want to thank everyone for everything you have done to help these precious children. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless each and every one of you. You made their lives much better. Thank you for making my life better too. /Edmay

I want to thank ALL of you who sent toys, spread the word to others, organized toy drives at your schools and neighborhoods, and sent good wishes. Watching Edmay's story spread has been one of the most incredible things I've ever seen — thousands of children are happier because of all you've done.

Finally, I want to thank Edmay. She is a true hero, and I only hope I can meet her in person some day. Edmay: you are an inspiration. May you have a safe voyage home. I'll never forget you.


  1. Pete says

    Well shoot. Edmay, if you can read this, what will happen to the box we sent to you yesterday at about the same time this story was posted?! Hopefully it will get through to someone and still go to good use.

  2. Donna Ward says

    Don’t know if this is the right place to post but want you to know that I received an email from Edmay Mayers, and she requested our help in enabling the continuing of toys being sent to Iraq.

    She is very right the need there is great. I run a site for the military that was started by soldiers and is still going today. We have worked with many soldiers and continue to receive emails wanting help there.

    We would be glad to receive help from anyone that would like to continue to send. We are a grass roots program and been going since 2003 and will continue to operate as long as there is a need.

    On the lady that has already mailed, chances are someone else will receive for her and your box will be used for the right purpose. They do not have to look very long before there are children there waiting.

    I invite anyone to check out our program, feel free to join the site and I can promise you the items will continue to be received by soldiers that want to help in a situation that doesn’t have a lot of joy. God Bless all of you for what you have already done.
    Donna Ward for LTC James Barker of
    Be glad to answer any questions you have.

  3. Edmay says

    Hello to everyone. Asha and Donna thanks so much for posting for me. To everyone who has already mailed the boxes – do not worry I am not departing until early September – the toys will get to the children. I have spoken with the Austrialian Army here at Adder and they are going to give all the toys to the children on missions. Also our men are still taking them to our field offices. God bless all of you. You are such wonderful people – Asha I can never ever thank you enough — you are such a beautiful person – and you Donna, how wonderful you are to do what you are doing with the military – you are correct who would have thought at our ages (I am pushing 60) that we would be involved in something so great and rewarding – these children are truly blessed by such loving people as yourselves and all the generous individuals who sent the boxes – but especially the children who gave up their special toys for such a great reason – the Iraqi children. I hate to leave but I am truly very tired and must get home – so God bless each and everyone of you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have all done for these children. With lots of love, hugs and kisses, Edmay.

  4. Debbie says

    We at home (the office) are so proud of Edmay, but now it is time for her to come back to us and make our lives happier. She is our “ray of sunshine”–she keeps us grounded to the things that really matter. (plus I really, really need her help)

  5. Edmay says

    Debbie my dear sweet friend and co-worker (and sista!!) thank you for your kind words and I truly look forward to seeing you and everyone else very soon. God bless you girl. Thanks for the post. /Edmay