Boxed in: Marge
Beahm and 13-month-old Maddison with a stack of boxes filled
with clothes, toys, and school supplies going
to children in Nazariya, Iraq.
Clothes and school supplies from the College
community are on their way to a children’s hospital
thanks to Marge Beahm, assistant women’s basketball coach, and her MP
Sergeant Mike Beahm of the 744th Military Police Battalion is stationed at
Camp Tallil, a prison camp south of Baghdad. In May, he
was making supervisory
visits to facilities run by his battalion when he dropped by a children’s
hospital and an orphanage in Nazariya.
“He was seeing a lot of poor children
walking around with just rags on,” said
Marge. “They had no school supplies, not even crayons. And being a
father and head of a family, he thought: ‘We’re always throwing
stuff out.’ ”
So he put in a request to his wife, whose
sister works for Binney & Smith
in Easton. That took care of the crayons, and an all-campus e-mail brought
in clothing and supplies.
“There’s a lot of clothes,” Marge
said. They range in size from newborn to teenager. There
are stuffed animals for the children in the hospital, and
several boxes of school supplies.
The donations were taken to the Bethlehem
Reserve Center, which will ship them to Iraq.
“It was supposed to be this little
minuscule project, and it just got bigger and bigger,” Marge
Mike, wildlife conservation officer of Lehigh
County, has been a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for
He transferred to the
last year, just as the unit came back from Kosovo. In January,
it was deployed to the Gulf, then to Iraq. Mike is considering
to the active-duty
While Mike is in Iraq, Marge is in charge
of the family, which includes Bryce, 3, and Maddison, 13
months. She is expecting their
whose arrival she announced to Mike in an e-mail.