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Candy Bomber visits Kosovar refugees

Summarized by Vickie Speek

Candy Bomber visits Kosovar refugees
(BYU) Daily Universe 25May99 C8
By Melina Semadeni and Carolyn Moore: NewsNet Staff Writer

LDS Church member Gail Halvorsen, the "Candy Bomber" from Provo, Utah was in Tirana, Albania last week to deliver school supplies, toys, and candy to the children of an Albanian refugee camp. Halvorsen earned the nickname "The Candy Bomber" fifty years ago when he first delivered candy to the children of war-torn Berlin.

"I was amazed to find these children-who'd been sleeping out in the open just a few weeks before, deprived of their homes-so upbeat. We have to take a lesson from that," Halvorsen said. He said he was optimistic about the help that the refugees are receiving, because he can see that people still care. "Aid is help. . . it's hope ... without hope, the soul dies," he said.

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