Carriage House kids open their hearts to Afghan children |

Carriage House kids open their hearts to Afghan children

Kelli Dick

BRECKENRIDGE – School supplies and a swarm of excited 3- and 4-year-olds lined the floor of the Carriage House Early Learning Center Tuesday as the kids prepared backpacks to send on a journey to Afghanistan.

The packs will be given to the local Rotary Club, which then will ship them overseas to be used by girls who are being allowed to return to school after years of restriction by the former Taliban government.

Mary Guilfoyle, a teacher at the Carriage House, decided to take on the project after hearing a public service announcement about donations for Afghan children. The vision to help started flowing. “I thought, what a great idea,” Guilfoyle said.

“I started talking to the kids about the poorer children in Afghanistan, and we decided then that we wanted to help,” she said. “Filling these backpacks with supplies is our way of helping.”

The supplies include pens, pencils, paint, brushes, rulers, scissors, erasers and stickers. “We have tried to put a little of everything in all the packs,” Guilfoyle said.

The backpacks were donated by parents, teachers and local businesses. The other supplies came from Kathy Belton, who works at an art supply store in Massachusetts and is the mother of teacher Meagan Belton.

Karen Wilkinson, whose 5-year-old son, Robert, attends the Carriage House, said the project is educational for the children. “I think it’s wonderful that the kids get a chance to participate in something this charitable. Not only does it give the kids a chance to help those less fortunate, but it allows them to think about life outside the U.S.,” Wilkinson said.

But not all the kids clearly understand what it is they are doing or why. Ian Egoff, 4, has his own idea of how he is going help. “When I get a lot of money at my home, I’m going to buy a Spider-Man for those kids,” he said.

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