CPT Patrick Hanson is stationed in one of the poorest areas of Iraq, where children have absolutely nothing. Hanson and his troop would like to have a big supply of school items to hand out to the children and witness delight in their eyes.

CPT Patrick Hanson is stationed in one of the poorest areas of Iraq, where children have absolutely nothing. Hanson and his troop would like to have a big supply of school items to hand out to the children and witness delight in their eyes.


Hanson, a 1989 graduate of Gridley High School is the son of Kay (Hanson) Blehm and the late Fred Hanson, who was the manager of PV Ranch and Home here in Gridley for several years.


School supplies can be mailed direct to Hanson at: CPT Patrick Hanson, 36/9 MiTT, Camp Taji, Iraq, APO AE 09378.


If it would be easier to send a check or money order for supplies, Hanson's wife Deanna would be happy to do the shopping and send the items to her husband to hand out to these children who are in such need.


Deanna's address is: Deanna Hanson, 2349 La Villa Way, Redding, CA 96003. When sending donations directly to Deanna, please consider the cost of her mailing the packages, which has been quoted as $11 on an earlier project.


Hanson is even offering to send pictures through emails of the items being given out to the children to the people who send at least $10 donations or school supplies to those who give their email addresses.


Mail takes at least two weeks to arrive in Iraq. Hanson will be stationed in Baghdad the next 16 months.


The Back to School program of sending school supplies is to try to bring normalcy to the region and promote good-will with youngsters who have really undergone a lot of stress and trials during the siege in their town.


The team will be collecting donations through December 1, 2009 and the list of supplies needed the most for a  pack for each child, (about $10 each) include: two folders, one pack pencils, one pack pens, two notebooks, one pack markers, one pack Crayons, one pack paper and two large erasers.


This is a huge sign of friendship to the Iraqi Army soldiers who hand out the supplies to the kids from the American soldiers. It will also help reinforce the sentiment that the government is taking care of the people of Iraq and that they can trust the Iraqi Army.


Let's make Captain Hanson proud of his hometown and give him plenty of supplies to hand out to the needy children.