BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Army News Service, Jan. 3, 2008) -- Afghan National Security Forces and Coalition troops delivered more than a ton of food, clothes and toys to the nearly 380 children of Shahid Ali Ahad Khan Karzi Orphanage and school in Kandahar, Dec. 30.

The children received clothes and shoes to help them endure the harsh Afghan winter. The children, most between the ages of 6 and 13, also received new toys, soccer balls and school supplies.

"The children were very surprised to see the school supplies, soccer balls and other items distributed to them," said a Coalition Soldier.

ANSF soldiers also provided rice, beans and cooking oil to the orphanage staff. According to the orphanage's principal, the supplies came at the right time. The orphanage was almost out of all supplies, as evident by the empty storage room.

In addition to the toys, food and supplies, the children also received free medical care from ANSF and Coalition doctors and medics. With winter weather settling in, some of the children were treated for minor ailments, like ear infections and other flu-like symptoms. The children also learned good hygiene habits to keep them healthy.

"This was an excellent opportunity to show the children that we are concerned for their well-being," said an ANSF soldier.

"I am very pleased with the help that you brought for the children," said the orphanage principal. "God bless your kindness."