School Supply Drive for Afghan Kids

Pens.  Pencils.  Paper.  If you’re like me while you’re sitting at your desk you’re surrounded.

Markers, crayons, scissors.  If your house is like mine it’s hard to walk into a room and not see a few scattered about, under the couch, between the cushions, in the hallway.

They’re everywhere.

Afghan parents don’t have the luxury of being surrounded by paper, pens, pencils and their kids’ art supplies.  When Afghan kids go to school they likely do so with no supplies, nothing to write with, nothing to write on.

I read about how School Supplies for Afghan Children started and was motivated to take action.  It’s a fascinating story, I encourage you to check it out.

School supply donation box

Collecting school supplies at Twin Cities Public Television (photo - Luke Heikkila)

I’ve started collecting supplies from colleagues at Twin Cities Public Television. I hope to send a couple of boxes just like this to an APO in Afghanistan. When the boxes arrive in-country the supplies will be distributed to the children, families and schools that need them.

If you want to help out let me know, the need is great. New and gently-used supplies are accepted: pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, dull tipped scissors, crayons, chalk, markers, small white boards, notebooks.

Afghan girls

Afghan girls with their new school supplies (Photo by Rex Temple)