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Eagle-based relief effort receives cash, donated goods

People have donated about $1,000 cash and more than 10 bags of clothes, sandals, toys and candy to an Iraqi humanitarian relief effort since the project was chronicled in a Statesman story last week.

Operation Eagle is the brainchild of Kelly Anderson, a kickboxing student at Rocky Mountain Fitness in Eagle. She started the project to help her instructor's husband who is serving in Iraq with the 116th Brigade Combat Team. The Eagle woman collected cash and donations of children's clothes, small toys and trinkets, lightweight sandals, baby blankets and candy for 1st Lt. Jon Frye to distribute to Iraqi civilians. The Idaho Statesman described Anderson's efforts and friendship with Donna Frye — Jon Frye's wife — on March 24. The story reported how Frye and other soldiers delivered the toys and sandals that had been collected by the Eagle fitness class to children in a hospital in Kirkuk.

Anderson said the response has inspired her and renewed her faith in people.

"I truly believe that most people are good, want to help, care about our soldiers and have hope for the people of Iraq," Anderson said. "I am just so impressed by the goodness of others."

Want to help with Operation Eagle? E-mail Anderson at kellysidahoheroes@yahoo.com or call her at 939-3734.

Drop off or mail donations to Kelly's Idaho Heroes, care of Rocky Mountain Fitness at 875 E. Plaza Dr., Suite 101, Eagle, 83616.

— Kathleen Kreller