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Jan 1, 2000

Members of the Marine Aviation Officer's Spouses Club and the Marine Officer's Spouses Clun of Washington, D.C. collected more than 70,000 Beanie Babies for Marines to distribute to children throughout Afghanistan. The small gesture of giving provides Marines with an opportunity to connect with the Afghan people. 'I’m a dreamer but I like to think that we are possibly saving Marines’ lives,'said Bonnie Amos, spouse of Gen. James F. Amos, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps and an advisor for MOSC-D.C. 'A Marine handing a Beanie Baby to a child creates a very tangible connection that is portrayed in its delivery.' Amos said she believes a child might remember that this Marine was kind to her and her family in turn might want to advise Marines of enemy activity. The Beanie Babies, stored at Marine Barracks Washington, will be heading to their final destination when the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps makes a special visit to Marines in Afghanistan later this month.

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