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Shoes, bicycles and "Food for Kidz" meals loaded on C5 for Afghanistan

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BYRON / MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A cargo plane loaded with humanitarian supplies is headed from Minnesota to Afghanistan, and with it, hopes for making a difference for peace in a war-ravaged land.

On board the Air Force's largest cargo plane are thousands of "Food for Kidz" meals that have been packaged by Christian church groups across southeastern Minnesota, about 500 pairs of shoes destined for people living in refugee camps, and 200 bicycles collected by Isaiah Crossfield of Byron.

A group from Byron United Methodist Church went to the Air National Guard Base on the north side of Minneapolis-St. Paul International on Friday to witness the loading of the big C5.  Sharon Nelson said church members helped pack the meal bags at assembly-line type events in recent months.  Food for Kidz is an organization based in Stewart, Minnesota.

"It was exciting for Isaiah to see his bikes loaded -- plus -- our church people were excited about seeing our "Souls of Sharing" shoes and one million meals that have been packed in our area through "Food for Kidz," noted Nelson.

The Byron youngster collected a thousand bicycles and 200 of them are going to teachers in Afghanistan on this transport. Nelson said Air Force reservists in Minnesota loaded all the cargo on eight-foot pallets last weekend.

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