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As of April 1, 2005 the Afghan Children's Fund is no longer accepting contributions. President Bush thanks those among America's youth who participated for their support.

America's Fund for Afghan Chidren

News Conference
October 11

At his formal news conference in the East Room on October 11 of last year the President announced the creation of the America's Fund for Afghan Children.

Since that announcement, American children have sent in more than $4.6 million to the Fund. The Red Cross has used these funds to purchase thousands of relief items, including gift parcels, equipment for providing clean drinking water, health and medical items, tents, tarps, winter clothing, kitchen sets, and blankets.

The Fund is also supporting a comprehensive campaign to vaccinate 9 million school children against measles.

The Red Cross has sent 1,000 school chests to the children of Afghanistan.

The chests contain notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, chalk, rulers, compasses, jump ropes, soccer balls and other school supplies. The chests are already in Afghanistan and will be distributed to schools in and around Kabul on the first day of school this weekend. The first 1,000 school chests will provide school supplies for 40,000 Afghan children.

The President today thanked America's children for supporting the Fund, which facilitated these school chests. He also delivered a call to action to America's school children to contact their local Red Cross to help build an additional 2,000 school chests for planned distribution in June.