Project helps supply needy Afghan kids |

Project helps supply needy Afghan kids

The United Nations Association/Afghanistan is helping to mobilize and implement assistance programs to help some 2,531 children orphaned as a result of the Taliban War. Children have been the main victims of this conflict and continue to be among the main sufferers. These children have been wandering in the streets of Kabul, and desperately need assistance as winter is upon them. The conditions in Kabul are horrific — the infrastructure is is disarray and many institutions including schools and hospitals have been destroyed during years of conflict.

The Afghanistan Children’s Relief Project is conducting a drive and is seeking help from Reno/Tahoe area businesses, agencies and concerned individuals.

Children’s items needed include:

Bedding — blankets, sheets, pillows, folding cots, sleeping mats and sleeping bags.

Hygiene items — toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs and hair brushes, soap, towels and toilet paper.

Clothing — cold weather ponchos, coats, winter caps/hats, scarves, shirts, undershirts, trousers, boots, socks, gloves and mittens.

Medical supplies — First aid kits, dressings, water purification tablets, disinfectant, antibiotics, elastic bandages, vitamins, wheelchairs and medical equipment.

Miscellaneous items — water pumps, generators, portable radios, flashlights and batteries.

The main goal, prior to Dec. 7, is to gather blankets and bedding for the 2,531 children freezing on the streets of Kabul. Any donations will be truly appreciated. For more information call Madonna Dunbar at (775) 831-1347 or Wendy Martin at (530) 412-2322.

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