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American Children Reach Out to Children of Afghanistan - 2001-12-08


President Bush is giving a presidential sendoff to the first shipment of relief supplies for the children of Afghanistan -- paid for by one-and-one-half million dollars in donations sent to the White House by American children.

The president spoke today (Saturday) at a warehouse in New Windsor, Maryland -- where more than 10-thousand relief packets of hats, socks, school supplies, candy and toys are being stored.

The parcels have been marked in several languages as a gift to Afghan children from American children.

The president says the first shipment of relief packets will leave for Afghanistan Sunday. He says the shipment will also include 15-hundred tents and 16-hundred winter jackets.

Mr. Bush says the relief supplies represent the hope of American children that life improves for the children of Afghanistan. He said they also demonstrate that although the United States is attacking the Taleban, it is not at war with the Afghan people.

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