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Sanford Family Collects School Supplies for Operation Iraqi Children

March 18, 2009

The Sanford Family

Office of First Lady Jenny Sanford
South Carolina Governor’s Mansion

Contact: Curry Hagerty

Sanford Family Collects School Supplies for Operation Iraqi Children
Member of Sanford family’s security detail deployed to Iraq and chairing program

Columbia, S.C. – March 18, 2009 – The Sanford family is pooling allowances together to purchase school supplies for Operation Iraqi Children (OIC). MSgt. Dean Johnson, part of the Sanford’s security team, was deployed to Iraq in December 2008. Johnson is dedicating his down time to serving as project chair of Operation Iraqi Children – a program designed to provide ongoing support to young Iraqi students through the distribution of school supplies and soccer balls.

Mrs. Sanford said, “Dean’s deployment is a constant reminder in our family of the sacrifices that our military makes for us. When Dean told us about his involvement in Operation Iraqi Children, it was without hesitation that our family decided we want to help! We are preparing our own boxes of supplies to send to OIC this week and hope that other families, schools, clubs, and community organizations join us.”

Between now and May, the Sanford family asks South Carolinians to join them in collecting school supplies – and then to mail the donations to MSgt. Dean Johnson.

Supply List
* One pair of blunt-end scissors
* One 12-inch ruler with metric markings
* 12 new pencils with erasers
* One small pencil sharpener
* One large eraser
* One box of colored pencils
* One package of notebook paper
* One composition book
* Three folders with inside pockets
* One zippered pencil bag
* NO Crayons or Glue sticks, they melt in the Iraqi summer heat! (110°-125°)
* Soccer balls- inflated or deflated- are greatly appreciated, too!
* We thank you for your support but please do not include extra items.

Mailing Address
MSgt Dean Johnson
“Operation Iraqi Child”
APO AE 09331

Mrs. Sanford added, “In addition to this effort, we are personally continuing to donate to public education needs in our state, something we’ve done over the years and most recently through Donors Choose directly to SC schools. We understand the great needs here in our state, and would encourage any South Carolinian with the means to do so to help support children here, abroad or both.”

To learn more about Donors Choose or to make a donation to this organization, please visit

To schedule an interview with the First Lady or to learn more about Operation Iraqi Children, please contact Curry Hagerty, 803-737-4772.


13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2009 7:06 pm

    Now this is a presidential looking family and most importantly one that is conservative to the core… No flip flops here just a solid family, blessed yes but more in family than dollars. Our only question is the same of a lot of politicians bent on serving the greater good, can they put their arms around the constituents that will get them elected and show genuine love and respect for those activists/volunteers?

    PS…and not talk about technology but actually use it…

    • Ananymous permalink
      June 24, 2009 2:11 pm

      Yeah, Governor Sanford has a lot of respect for his wife. Just ask his mistress.

    • Yeah, Right permalink
      June 24, 2009 3:27 pm

      Yes, that’s a real “presidential-looking family.” Only question is “president of what?”

    • kadie permalink
      June 25, 2009 9:59 am

      oh really? want to take that “solid family” comment back now?

    • Anonymous permalink
      June 25, 2009 2:12 pm

      No flip-flopping huh, didnt he blast Clinton for an affair? What a clown.

    • Mark in VA permalink
      June 25, 2009 5:17 pm

      This must be the most ill-timed post I’ve ever seen. I’m quite embarrassed for you just reading it.

      Of course, the irony is, your pegging him as “conservative to the core” couldn’t be more right on. This is precisely the sanctimonious behavior (it’s evil when you do it, but just a little harmless fun when I do it) the Reagan Republican party is built on.

  2. Don't Cry For Me, Argentina permalink
    June 24, 2009 3:03 pm

    Conservative to the core….oh yesssss.

    Family values? Good job there Marky Mark.

    These are the kind of guys that make me so proud to be a Democrat.

  3. Miss Buenos Aires permalink
    June 24, 2009 3:12 pm

    “Conservative to the core”???

    The same was said about David Vitter, Larry Craig, Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, Mark Foley, John Ensign…

    Y’know, Americans are getting very tired of these so-called conservatives who are all sanctimonious when they’re up at the microphone, but who then have these scandalous secret lives.

  4. observer permalink
    June 24, 2009 3:15 pm

    That’s the problem with our society, we all have skeletons in our closets. No one, No one can throw stones. None! Not one!

    Forgive and move on.

    • Don't Cry For Me, Argentina permalink
      June 24, 2009 6:05 pm

      Forgive and move on?

      Ok, sure, we’ll get right on that. Right after they remove the word ‘hypocrite’ from the dictionary.

  5. Jeff permalink
    June 24, 2009 4:01 pm

    Wow, Jenny….my suggestion would be to drop the idiot and run for governor yourself…you’re smart, talented and beautiful…go for it.

  6. Emily permalink
    June 24, 2009 6:42 pm

    Ditch the creep. Once is an “oops”, a mistake which *might* be forgiven. But he’s “seen” her at least three times. In other words, at least twice he wilfully and with forethought betrayed you. He doesn’t deserve you.

  7. July 2, 2009 9:33 am

    Dear South Carolina:

    Thank you so much for giving us your Governor to laugh at.
    It’s been a tough year for many of us, so having something this hilarious to raise our spirits is deeply appreciated. The very idea that someone like this could be President — gosh, I can’t even think about it, let alone write that, without cracking up all over again!
    You… You MEANT it?!
    Oh, now that’s not funny at all.
    Uh — how can I put this without seeming too mean… How about:
    Thanks, but no thanks. You can keep him.
    And as for his soon-to-be-ex-wife and the boys, you all have our very deepest sympathies.
    And there’s not one thing funny about that.

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