A Kunsan City, South Korea, orphanage is two refrigerators and an air conditioner richer, thanks to former U.S. military aviators, according to an Air Force news release.
Lt. Gen. Lance Smith, 7th Air Force commander, and Col. Guy Dahlbeck, 8th Fighter Wing commander, presented the gifts to the Moses Children’s Facility on April 22.
The Air Warrior Courage Foundation bought the appliances, the Air Force said. The group of former U.S. military aviators provides scholarships to individuals studying aviation and space, encourages patriotic U.S. youth programs and promotes communities’ social welfare. The AWCF recently began supporting organizations outside the United States.
“I can see your dedication and love for these children and I’m sure they will grow up to be good citizens of Korea,” Smith told Jeon Kyong-suk, the facility director, according to the release. “We know you will use these ... for many years.”
The facility, founded in 1957, is home to about 40 children, from newborns to age 4, the release stated.
Lee Hae-joo, general manager, has worked for the facility for more than 15 years, and said she’s witnessed the close ties between Kunsan Air Base personnel and the children. She said the staff and children really appreciate the gifts and friendship.
Lee also said American visitors especially are appreciated because they often seek out and play with the orphanage’s handicapped and lonely children.
— Choe Song-won contributed to this report.