Kennewick Man Provides Aid to Children in Burma
KENNEWICK, Wash. - For the past three years a Benton County man has been putting all his efforts to help children in a war torn country. He has taken medicine, supplies, food and blankets to children in Burma.
Daryl Putnam said he will buy the supplies overseas because it is so much cheaper. He said for 15 dollars he could get 100 pound of rice. He explained that outsiders are not welcomed in the country, so he is smuggled in with body guards and camouflage.
He has taken six adventurous trips and said he will continue going for the rest of his life.
The country is torn by war over land and territory. Putnam said most of the men are in the army and many of the women work in the fields. He said the children witness violence daily. They are constantly hiding from violent attacks in the jungle.
Putnam said he has visited the country six times and watching what the children have to endure has made it easy for him to sacrifice things in his life and has now has devoted his life to helping them.
Putnam said, "Everything I do is to get them food, medicine, rice, just trying to give them hope in their life."
He has traveled to many different refugee camps though out the country and said it breaks his heart when they run out of supplies to give the young children.
Putnam said, "That's the killer. They take me to these places and I don't have anything for them."
On his last six trips he has gone along, but six others will be with him on his next trip June 12th.
His website is http://mysite.verizon.net/dsputnam/ or tomisite.info