"Let me conclude by one final statement. Thank you all for coming.
Before we leave, I want to make a special request to the children of America.
I ask you to join in a special effort to help the children of Afghanistan. Their
country has been through a great deal of war and suffering. Many children there
are starving and are severely malnourished. One in three Afghan children is orphan,
almost half suffer chronic malnutrition, and we can and must help them.
We've created a special relief effort that will be supervised by the Red Cross.
We are asking every child in America to earn or give a dollar that will be used to
provide food and medical help for the children of Afghanistan. You can send your dollar
in an envelope marked
"America's Fund for Afghan Children"
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.
This is an opportunity to help others while teaching our own children a valuable
lesson about service and character. I hope school classes or Boys and Girl Scout troops,
other youth organizations will participate in any way to raise the money to send to the
children. Wash a car. Do a yard for a neighbor. And I hope the adults will help them as
Ultimately, one of the best weapons, one of the truest weapons that we have against
terrorism is to show the world the true strength of character and kindness of the
Americans are united in this fight against terrorism. We're also united in our
concern for the innocent people of Afghanistan.
Winter is coming, and by acting today we can help the children survive."