Woman collects school supplies for Afghan children
By David Carroll
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Ashleigh Pipes says she was inspired after reading the book "3 Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson.
The book is about one man's mission to promote peace, one school at a time and with her husband already in Afghanistan, all the pieces are in place.
It's been a busy summer for Pipes. Her school supply collection campaign began rather modestly. She had hoped to collect 179 notebooks, matching each day of her husband's deployment in Afghanistan. So far, she's collected 613 notebooks, with more coming in each day.
"It's really been quite amazing...my friends, family, their churches...they accumulated rather quickly," says Pipes.
Pipes said her husband Ben, a Major in the Marine Corps, has seen first hand the need in Afghanistan. He's made every effort to ensure that these school supplies will directly to those who need them most.
"So his chaplain's office distributes them....to the needy people in Afghanistan," says Pipes.
With 18-month old daughter Katie, Ashleigh already has plenty to do as a military wife. She has learned from the advice of others, who have been in her shoes, to make good use of her time until ben gets home to make the days go faster, and do some good at the same time.
"One of the secrets... Stay positive, stay busy, to use the extra hours I had," says Pipes.
Ashleigh already has a great background in community service. As a Baylor School sophomore in 1992, she was one of our first five Jefferson Award winners. She was Ashleigh Dawkins then. She says for anyone wanting to get inspired to do great things, read "3 Cups of Tea", by Greg Mortenson.