American Children Raise $4 Million for Afghan Children
By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2002 American children are sending more than $4 million to help pay for food, shelter, clothing, health care and toys for Afghan children, first lady Laura Bush said today.
Children responded "eagerly" when her husband asked each boy and girl in America to raise or earn a dollar to help the Afghan children, Bush said during an address to the Afghan people on Radio Free Europe.
"The children of my country are especially concerned for the children of yours," she said. "Although you live half a world away, American children are learning about you in their schools and in their homes."
When the envelopes came in, Bush noted, they contained more than money. She shared a few of what she called messages of hope with her Afghan audience.
A girl named Grace wrote: "I'm sending a dollar to help the innocent children of Afghanistan I wish to help one life of a child."
Giovanni, a 10-year-old, wrote: "I earned this dollar from my teacher by cleaning our class. I hope that this will help the children and give them what they need to survive."
One letter said: "Dear children of Afghanistan, we care about you. We want you to have food, clothes, water and medicine. Sincerely, Gary Coppernell, a U.S.A. kid."
Another child wrote: "I hope every dollar we send will help the children of Afghanistan grow up to be healthy and live a good life."
"These are the voices of America," the first lady added. "All of us want all the citizens of Afghanistan to be healthy and to live a good life."