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Shoes tie Buckley CGOC to Afghan refugees in need

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Just one of the many pairs of shoes collected by the Company Grade Officer Council in support of an Afghan refugee camp. "Some of these children don't have shoes," said 2nd Lt. Jessica Gruver Koefod, 460th Force Support Squadron. "That we can provide for them is significant." (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Just one of the many pairs of shoes collected by the Company Grade Officer Council in support of an Afghan refugee camp. "Some of these children don't have shoes," said 2nd Lt. Jessica Gruver Koefod, 460th Force Support Squadron. "That we can provide for them is significant." (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- 2nd Lt. Jessica Gruver Koefod, 460th Force Support Squadron, packs donated shoes for shipment to children in Afghanistan. The Company Grade Officer Council is still accepting footware donations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- 2nd Lt. Jessica Gruver Koefod, 460th Force Support Squadron, packs donated shoes for shipment to children in Afghanistan. The Company Grade Officer Council is still accepting footware donations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Manisha Vasquez)

AFGHANISTAN -- Nasime and Ajumal, two Afghan refugee children, mug for Capt. Adam Pudenz, 460th Force Support Squadron. The children are wearing donated shoes collected by the Company Grade Officer Council. (Courtesy photo)

AFGHANISTAN -- Nasime and Ajumal, two Afghan refugee children, mug for Capt. Adam Pudenz, 460th Force Support Squadron. The children are wearing donated shoes collected by the Company Grade Officer Council. (Courtesy photo)

AFGHANISTAN -- Capt. Adam Pudenz, 460th Force Support Squadron, walks near a refugee camp with Afghan children. Anyone wanting to donate shoes, school supplies or other items can stop by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. (Courtesy photo)

AFGHANISTAN -- Capt. Adam Pudenz, 460th Force Support Squadron, walks near a refugee camp with Afghan children. Anyone wanting to donate shoes, school supplies or other items can stop by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. (Courtesy photo)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- There are many kinds of shoes. Some shoes are meant for basketball and others for a fancy night on the town. These shoes, these corduroy shoes, are meant for something a bit more important; they are meant for an Afghan refugee camp.

The shoes actually started their trip when Capt. Adam Pudenz, 460th Force Support Squadron, deployed to Afghanistan with an Army unit to work near a refugee camp - where many of the children don't have shoes.

"He called and said, 'There is so much devastation, we don't have enough to help them,'" said 2nd Lt. Jessica Gruver Koefod, 460th Force Support Squadron. "I thought, 'we have enough.'"

With that simple conversation, the Company Grade Officer Council support of an Afghan Refugee Camp began. Through a Base Exchange collection drive, the CGOC has already filled and mailed five boxes to the children at the camp, but they are not done.

"We are still accepting donations," said Lieutenant Gruver Koefod. "We want to help them as much as and as long as possible. Some of these children don't have shoes. That we can provide for them is significant."

Items can be dropped off at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center for Lieutenant Gruver Koefod. People located in the space operations complex can contact 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Nava, 566th Intelligence Squadron, to donate.

Items needed are:

- Shoes
- Peanut butter
- Sandwich bags
- Vitamins
- Toothpase
- School supplies
- Toys

People and organizations can also sponsor the mailing of a box by donating $12.
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