The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paid a visit to displaced Afghan boys and provided them with much needed school supplies, toys and treats during "operation backpack drop" on May 8.
The children, ages 5 to 18, are all considered orphans because their parents are either deceased or disabled thus leaving them in the care of relatives.
Each of the 160 students who attend the all-boys Ostad Khalil Ullah Khalili Orphans Education Center located in Kabul received a new backpack filled with pens, paper, pencils, notebooks, crayons, erasers, rulers, sharpeners, toys, a puzzle and candy delivered by members of the Afghanistan Engineer District-North.
The effort was made possible with cash donations from Green River Memorial Baptist Church in Campbellsville and employees from the AED-N Qalaa House. All totaled, $1,600 was collected in addition to donations of toys, books, puzzles and school supplies.
There were so many supplies and toys donated that it took nearly 20 AED-N Qalaa House members to sort through all the donations, blow up basketballs and soccer balls and pack 160 backpacks.