William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

THE DOLLS OF JOY

Mrs. Carol Isfeld and Mrs Grace Race
bring huge smiles to each little face
across the miles they send pure joy
to the faces of each little girl and boy

In the crowded streets of Paghman Lay
Wee tykes who lost their parents, play
War Orphans from the chaotic street
Where the Izzy doll is a symbol of peace

Major Cameron the Field Engineer boss
told the orphans about Mark Isfeld’s loss
Mark gave out dolls knitted by his Mother
and he gave his life, ‘twas a “gift” to others

Our troops tell the kids about what to fear
as they are shown mines by our Engineers
Izzy dolls are a tool to break the ice
as children think dolls are very, very nice

Lieutenant Stewart and Padre Lawson
are doing a job that is bloody awesome
In a helmet of steel lay the dolls of joy
that were given to each little girl and boy!

Colonel John Stuart,
Editor: The Thin Blue Line

John,

Our Chapter continues to send Izzy dolls to the front line in Afghanistan for distribution by our troops to the sick children’s hospitals and orphanages like the Children of War Orphanage (pictures attached). These feedback photos were sent to our Chapter by Lieutenant Kevin Stewart who is pictured holding a mine whilst giving instruction to the orphans about the danger of land mines. Our troops, the Padres and the Engineers continue to distribute Izzy Dolls in Mark Isfeld’s memory and they continue to bring joy and smiles to little faces in the global village on our battered and bleeding wee planet, and we are proud and pleased to continue to play a small part in the gathering and sending of Izzy Dolls to our troops in Kabul and in the former Yugoslavia.

ICROSS CANADA is in the midst of packing 2,000 African Izzy Comfort Dolls for the HIV/AIDS orphans of East Africa (our container goes out at the end of February or the first part of March). The work started by Mark and Carol Isfeld continues to bring joy and smiles to the faces of little children across the globe. Many HIV/AIDS orphans are buried with their dolls, often the only thing they have of their own and no one wants to pull the doll from their arms after death. Thank you John for spreading the word of joy

John please feel free to use the poem, the info in the attached letter and photos to perhaps make up an article from the Mark Isfeld Chapter of CAVUNP for the thin blue line.

Blessings
Billy

William Willbond, Secretary
MCpl Mark Isfeld Memorial Chapter (CAVUNP)
The Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping
PO Box 3 Saanichton BC V8M 2C3 Canada

24 Field Squadron. 3 RCR Bn Gp
Camp Julien, Op ATHENA
P.O. Box 5006 Stn Forces
Belleville, ON K8N 5W6

335-143-32 (5Tp Comd)

19 January 2004

The Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping
Mark Isfeld Memorial Chapter
PO Box 3
Saanichton. BC V8M 2C3

Dear Mr. William Willbond,

Reference: Your letter and package of lzzy Dolls dated 29 October 2002

On January I0, 2004, members of 5 Troop, 24 Field Squadron ventured into the northern district of Kabul city known as Paghman and had the opportunity to bring a little joy into the hearts and minds of troubled youth. Through the crowded and chaotic streets of Paghman lay a small run down orphanage. The Children of War Orphanage provides schooling to children who have lost parents to the various wars in Afghanistan’s past.

The troops arrived mid morning, to meet eager children who were keenly interested in what we were doing there. It was explained to the children that the engineer troops were to remember and honour a member of the engineer family, MCpl Matt Isfeld, who gave his life while clearing mines so that other might walk in safety behind him.

The second reason was to continue a quest started by MCpI Isfeld of giving out small dolls that his mother had made to comfort the troubled children of Croatia. These 120 Izzy dolls, which were distributed, were an instant hit widening eyes and bringing smiles to faces. Following presentation, the children were reminded of the dangers of landmines and unexploded ordnances.

On behalf of the hoops involved, as well as Padre Dawson who distributed some 25 Izzy dolls to a day-care facility off the Jalaalabad Road in Kabul City, I would like to sincerely thank you and all others involved with the program. Your efforts have provided us the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these children and continue a worthy tradition started by MCpl Isfeld.

Enclosed are pictures taken throughout the day.

Sincerely,

(Signed)
Keith A. Cameron
Major
Officer Commanding