Active-duty soldier Joe Quirarte from Pacifica writes, "The village that my platoon is assigned to and patrols regularly here in Kandahar, Afghanistan, has an elementary school in it, and the children who attend this school are in need of school supplies. Donating things like pens, pencils, notepads, and folders to the kids would go a long way in winning the support of the locals and helping our cause here in Afghanistan. Here is a list of items that are being requested and can be bought at Dollar Stores, etc.: pencils, pens, binder paper, wire spiral-bound writing paper, writing tablets, pencil sharpeners (not electric, they do not have electricity), erasers, kites to play with. We are NOT requesting binders. They are too bulky to mail. Also need folders that have pockets on the inside to hold papers. If you would like to donate anything listed above, no matter how much or how little, please email my mom Debbie Bolton Smyser at PacificaMilitaryMoms@yahoo.com."