Food for the Hungry and the Linus Project Providing over 5000 Blankets to Refugees in Afghanistan

Food for the Hungry
Thursday, 3 January 2002

Food for the Hungry's relief efforts in Afghanistan continue with a shipment of more that 5,000 blankets that will be distributed to children and families who need them the most. Project Linus and All Saints Episcopal Church of Phoenix donated the blankets.

Currently the blankets are being stored at a Food for the Hungry warehouse in Coolidge, Arizona. After checking the blankets and boxing them for transport volunteers will loaded them into a shipping container to be sent to Afghanistan where Food for the Hungry field workers will distribute them to children and families in our project areas.

Many of the blankets were hand made by members of Project Linus, a non-profit, volunteer organization with chapters in 46 States and the District of Columbia, who's mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to seriously ill and traumatized children. Volunteers from Project Linus chapters in 44 states as well as Japan, Canada and Bermuda made and collected over 5,000 blankets for the people of Afghanistan.

Members of All Saints Episcopal Church here in the Valley also collected blankets during their Christmas eve services to help the people of Afghanistan.

This shipment of blankets is just part of Food for the Hungry continuing relief efforts in Afghanistan. Food for the Hungry and its partners are working in the Takhar and Badakshan province in Northern Afghanistan to provide aid to families who have been affected by war, drought and the Taliban regime. Food for the Hungry has just completed its first distribution of shoes to 2,300 children in Northern Afghanistan, and is continuing to distribute winter clothing to families in our project area. Food for the Hungry also has long-term plans to supply Afghans with seeds and tools, as well as provide food and medical care until those receiving aid are self-sufficient.

Food for the Hungry is an international relief and development agency of Christian motivation, helping those who are affected by natural disasters such as floods, famines and earthquakes, as well as those affected by war, hunger and poverty.

For more information, or to contact Food for the Hungry, see their website at: www.fh.org

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