When we began our program of shipping packages to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the first unit we shipped to was a Long Range Recognizance Company that had been in Iraq for almost a year and was always remote from services. For each person in the unit, we sent a K-93B (the A. G. Russell Lightweight One Hand Knife?), our new Field Tweezer, band-aids, a paperback book, and two magazines. For the unit, we added some Leatherman Sideclips, our Field Sharpener and a few other items.
The photo is the Captain commanding that company. They have returned to their base in Germany. When he came home on leave, he came by to thank me and to present me with the American flag that he carried throughout his year in Iraq, a head scarf and an Iraqi bayonet. It really makes you proud.
We continue to ship these packages. SOG has donated 150 knives, Case 40 pocket knives, DMT 150 pocket sharpeners, Leatherman sells me Sideclips at half price. The CATO Institute has provided 3,000 copies of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of The United States, in a shirt pocket sized book. The NRA, Wolfe Publishing, Krause Publications, Kings Outdoor World, Y-Visionary Group, Morris Communications, Shooting Sportsmen, Sporting Classics, Harris Publications, and The Lane Press are providing us with 200 each month of 22 magazines. The Masune Company has provided thousands of band-aids. My 93 year old mother has donated over a thousand paperback books from her library. I have a friend in NYC who knows someone at the big video rental chains and is trying to get us a continuing source of DVDs.
If you want to help, send us paperback books and DVDs.
all the best,
A. G. Russell Knives, Inc.
1920 N. 26th St.
Lowell, AR 72745-8489