1/18/2011 3:13:00 PM Valley Catholic collects clothing for Afghan orphans
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Clothing collected by Valley Catholic students is bound for Afghanistan, where it will help orphans.
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BEAVERTON — Valley Catholic School recently collected 75 boxes of clothing and 20 boxes of books for the schools’ Global Roots initiative.
Mary Donovan, director of campus life, says the effort directly aids Afghan orphans who are among the poorest of the poor in that war-torn country.
Wintertime brings subarctic weather to the mountainous region of northeastern Afghanistan. Baharak, a remote northern region of the country, is the location of one of the orphanages for which the clothing, shoes and book donations from Valley Catholic are destined. There is currently a particular need for winter clothing, socks and new packages of underwear, but any type of clothing or shoes are welcome and will be put to good use at the Light of Pamir Children’s Home in Baharak or at another orphanage overseas. Global Roots works with local humanitarians to make a difference in the lives of children where the need is great.
Collections of clothing and books ran through early January after which all donations were moved by student helpers to a nearby warehouse space donated by Paul Gram, parent of a student and director of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Foundation Board.
Students earned service hours for sorting the donated items by size and quality of garment after which volunteers from Global Roots will arrange for transportation from the warehouse overseas. Over the next six months, Global Roots will employ a variety of ways to ship the items that Valley Catholic collected. These may include U.S. Air Force transports, Boeing, volunteer workers and eBay.