School supply donations from Tampa Bay families arrive in Afghanistan
Liisa Hyvarinen Temple, a journalism professor at the University of South Florida, shared this photo from her husband, Air Force SMSgt Rex Temple, who is based in Afghanistan.
"This is one of the countless boxes of supplies he has received for his school supplies drive that benefits children in the Taliban controlled areas of eastern Afghanistan," Hyvarinen Temple wrote. "I would say at least 80% of all the donations are coming from the Tampa Bay area and he's literally received thousands of items.
Temple, shown above, writes more about his school supply drive for Afghanistan children in his blog, Afghanistan: My Last Tour.
Hyvarinen Temple said: "Rex says doing the school supplies drive has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his deployment. And even though he's headed home in the next month or so, he's decided to continue the drive even after he gets back to Tampa's MacDill AFB."
If anyone wants to donate, Temple will accept new and slightly used items. Donors can drop off items at WUSF Radio and TV studios on the USF North Tampa campus or at the UPS Store on Platt Street near downtown Tampa.
Temple also asks people to sponsor a flat rate shipping box at $12.50/box. A tax deductible gift can be made through the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation Web site or by sending a check payable to The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mail checks to The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, PO Box 2877, Tampa, FL 33602. In the memo section write: Afghan School Supplies Fund.
For more information, e-mail: TRexinAfghanistan@gmail.com