By Tim Saunders on
Stephen Colbert is broadcasting “The Colbert Report” from Iraq this week to support an initiative with DonorsChoose.org, the online charity that connects individual donors nationwide to classrooms in need.
Colbert is taping four episodes of “The Colbert Report” in Baghdad. According to the New York Times, "It’s the first time in the history of the U.S.O. that a full-length non-news show has been filmed, edited and broadcast from a combat zone."
Colbert is a long-time supporter of DonorsChoose.org and the USO. Last month he donated his birthday to address the scarcity and inequitable distribution of learning materials and experiences in public schools, and all iTunes downloads of the Iraq shows will go to the USO.
The “Support Our Troops by Supporting Their Children” campaign calls on everyday citizens to donate to classroom projects, which include anything from basic school supplies to field trips, submitted by teachers at high-need, military-serving public schools. “Support Our Troops” fuels a fun competition between the five branches of the Armed Forces – Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard – to see which branch’s supporters can have the biggest impact on classrooms. DonorsChoose.org estimates that “Support Our Troops” will benefit 10,000 children of service members.
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