Mead teen helping Afghan orphans with Eagle Scout project

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 7:00 PM

MEAD, Wash. -- A Mead High School student is doing his best to help orphans in Afghanistan.

Zack Anderson, 16, said he plans to ship more than 50 boxes of care packages for his Eagle Scout project. He just needs help paying for shipment overseas.

Zack said he came across the Afghan Orphan Project last December and felt compassion to help the children through his Eagle Scout project.

He worked all year to assemble 52 boxes of donated items -- from personal hygiene kits to school supplies like books and notepads.

“There was a picture that we found that a soldier gave a child a pen in Afghanistan, and the kid just treasured it,” said Zack. “He’s sitting there and he’s got a big smile on his face and he’s super happy because he’s got a pen.”

He and his fellow Scouts have raised about 200 dollars collecting donations in front of local grocery stores but they have not yet reached their goal.

“We are going to need a lot of funds,” Zack added. “We are going to have to raise 780 dollars. Right now we are hitting a financial road block. As soon as we get that money, we are going to ship them, and we will make some people happy I guess.”

You can call Zack Anderson to help him reach his financial goal. His phone number is (509) 280-9013.

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