25 September 2007
Hello OSC Fans,
In the past few weeks OSC has been on hold. The incident with one particular soccer ball has turned into an International Incident and the future of OSC looks bleak. Right now, I am getting little support from higher up so this will lead me to end Operation Soccer Chopper at the end of October. I will still accept donations throughout that same month though. Since OSC had been put on hold from late August I’ve received soccer balls in the mail from a lot of people. I still have those balls and they will be distributed to the local kids. However, they will not be dropped by helicopter. Instead, arrangements will be made to deliver the balls by ground vehicles. I’ve been invited to join those ground vehicles and I plan to do so when the time comes. It will give me a chance to interact with some of the kids who will be getting the balls and get some close up pictures of the event.
Please keep in mind that the whole purpose of OSC is to give the kids a ball to play with. Whether it’s dropped by helicopter or given to them in person, all that matters is that kids get some soccer balls. Please continue to send your soccer balls in because I will still try to get them out to every kid that wants one.
Additionally, we are in the middle of the observance of Ramadan, the holy month of the Muslim faith. Even if OSC wasn’t on hold, I would’ve put a hold on dropping soccer balls at least until October 13th which is the end of Ramadan.
Please keep your donations coming in until the end of October. That is when OSC will stop. I will discourage the incoming unit from starting any similar programs such as this because it appears that there is little support for this type of activity.
Thank you to everyone who’s contributed and made the few kids we were able to get soccer balls to very happy.