Kentucky National Guard Youth help Afghan kids

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Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

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Cindy Culver, Kentucky National Guard Youth Services coordinator, and Megan Adkins, 11th grader at Anderson County High School and daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Dale Adkins, collect pens and notebooks for the Operation Enduring Freedom school project at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 28, 2011) – Kentucky National Guard Youth Services collected donations for the Operation Enduring Freedom school supply project at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., June 14.

As BNGC staff and employees drove into work, they handed off their donations at the front gate.  KYNG youth delegates collected more than $300 worth of school supplies and they also collected more than $1,000 in cash.

“It’s a win-win situation for our kids,” said Capt. Bryan Combs, Family Programs director. “ It’s very important for them to understand their blessings and the wealth we have in our nation and also engage them in a community service project.”

“It feels great to help out the Afghan youth that don’t have the basic school supplies,” said Megan Adkins, 11th grader at Anderson County High School and daughter of Sgt. 1stClass Dale Adkins.

Rebecca Robbins, Kentucky National Guard Health Services Line of Duty manager, hands off school supplies to Kimberly Adkins, daughter of Kentucky Guardsman Sgt. 1st Class Dale Adkins, and Abby Coyle, daughter Kimberly Coyle of the Kentucky Guard Yellow Ribbon Program.

The school supplies will be sent to Col. Neil Mullaney, Agribusiness Development Team 3 commander, who will distribute these supplies to children of small Afghanistan villages that are learning basic English.

“You are always going to get 100 percent support from the Kentucky National Guard no matter what the mission is,” said Cindy Culver, Youth Services coordinator.  “And we saw that this morning!”

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