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ISAF service members serving in the Lithuanian-led provincial reconstruction team in western Afghanistan
distributed thousands of handmade hats to schoolchildren in Ghowr province Nov. 25.
Almost 2,000 hats were given to Afghan children in Chaghcharan by members of the PRT during the final phase of the project, "Warm Hats for Afghan Children."
The project began in August, when Lithuanian service members asked their countrymen and women to knit hats for Afghan children to wear during the winter months. The goal was to collect 500 hats.
"The project exceeded expectations," said 1st Lt. Inga Pranaitiene, Civil and Military cooperation officer. "In a month, people delivered more than 5,000 hats and additional 1,500 hats are expected."
Though the PRT team and Ghowr province Department of Education representatives visited three Chaghcharan schools, some schools in the capital were closed due to the cold weather. The local administration will deliver hats to those school children. About 3,000 additional hats will be delivered to remote villages in the province by patrols in coming weeks.
ISAF suffered no fatalities in the last 24 hours.