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Joel Johannesen
On 18 Aug 2004 at 20:44
(Just so you all know, my question was answered in the "Questions" forum, and the answer was "yes, it's OK"!)

Update from Canada: We've been getting a lot of positive feedback and questions, indicating a lot of interest in Canada, through our web site.

So far I've been able to manage most of the questions. One lady in Chicago asked either me ** or ** Gary Sinise to come and give her group a talk about the program! I passed that one onto the OiC people, since I live in Vancouver and it's not my program! Sadly, I bet it will be last time my name and big-time Hollywood actor Gary Sinise's will ever be used in the same sentence without joking.

Others have donated money, and my wife and I are assembling kits. Shipping from Canada to Kansas City is real expensive, so I'm going to make some inquiries of Canadian couriers about us all shipping to someplace in central Canada and asking if they can in turn ship to Kansas City.

Glad to see the program is still active and growing. We think it's fantastic.

Joel Johannesen

Joel Johannesen
On 28 Jun 2004 at 00:02
I've gotten a lot of good feedback -- especially now that my email link is fixed on the info page that I set up, and the donation form is actually there now (D'oh!). Amazing how much more feedback I get when people actually, you know, can!

I have a lady from Illinois who says she has a youth group who has decided to take on this project and (here's the catch) wants to make draw-string school bags out of fabric rather than Ziploc bags.

Is that OK? I've re-read the FAQ to try to find the answer but it indicates either a backpack or a Ziploc bag. This is sort of in between!

Also I should note that at least around here, those three-gallon Ziplocs are really hard to find.

Would appreciate some guidence on the draw-string bags.


Joel Johannesen

from G. Sinise
On 29 May 2004 at 21:05
Thank you Joel,
I am glad that you saw the show last night and are going to help spread the word that OIC is a way to channel our energies into something positive.
I am so happy that word is getting out there. I have been trying my best to get on radio and TV to promote this effort because I really believe that it is a great way to help our troops help the people there and to promote positive relations. Just take a look at those pictures of the kids and the soldiers and you get a good idea of what the program can do.
Whatever you can do to pass our website around would be appreciated. Thanks for putting us on your website.
Thanks to you and all our Canadian friends.
Gary Sinise

Joel Johannesen
On 29 May 2004 at 18:14
We caught wind of this on Dennis Miller's show last night when Gary Sinise was a guest.

My wife and I were very moved and really gratified to see some of the good news coming out of Iraq.

Unlike some of our Canadian compatriots and even our government, millions in Canada are like me and my wife and we fully support our American friends, and will be happy to help with this fantastic effort too.

I'll be writing a big promotion about this on my web site,

Thank you and good luck.

Joel Johannesen

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