118th Loads 8 Pallets of Humanitarian Aid Headed for Afghanistan
By Staff Sgt. Robin Olsen, JFHQ
/ Published January 28, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eight pallets of humanitarian aid were hot-loaded onto a C-130 at the 118th Airlift Wing, Jan. 28. There are 21 pallets total that are bound for Afghanistan. The first eight will stop in Germany until the others arrive.
"The people in Afghanistan have absolutely nothing. They are in great need," said Retired Lt. Gen. John Bradley, the President and Founder of the Lamia Afghan Foundation. Bradley and his wife Jan created the Foundation in 2008 after Bradley visited an area near Kabul where he came across a young girl named Lamia, who asked him for a pair of boots. Bradley said he has seen people in Afghanistan walking through snow without shoes.
The donations will support the local civilian population of Afghanistan and include blankets, medical and school supplies, coats, jackets, gloves, boots, crutches, baby items, and more. They were originally loaded onto pallets January 9, at the base.
"I'll be glad when this stuff gets there, those poor kids really need it," said Jan.
The Foundation coordinated the donations with the help of the Denton Program to fly the goods overseas.
"The 118th has been wonderful in getting all of this ready to ship out," said Bradley. The couple plans to go to Afghanistan in March to begin making plans for a school to be built there. The Foundation is looking into pairing schools or towns in the United States with counterparts in Afghanistan.
The Foundation has already provided aid to Afghanistan through other drives including a Pens and Paper for Afghanistan Drive in February 2009 and a Winter Warmth Drive in November 2008.