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Letter to the editor

Western Wisconsin makes generous donations benefiting Haiti victims

February 24, 2010

On Jan. 12, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Uponfirst hearing of the news, almost no one could imagine the devastation that had occurred or predicted the deaths of more than 200,000 people.

However,what could be predicted was the immediate reaction of the American people to reach deep into their pockets to help those in such incredible need. I would like to give a heartfelt thank-you to all of the wonderful residents in Western Wisconsin who have donated to the American Red Cross for Haitian relief.

A special thank-you to Altoona School District, Cadott Elementary, Cameron High School, Delong Middle School, Eleva Lutheran Church, Elk Mound Area Schools, Fall Creek Elementary, Flambeau School District, Gilman Middle/High School, Globe University, Halmstad Elementary, Kiwanis Club of Eau Claire, Lake Holcombe High, Living Water Lutheran Church, Manz Elementary, Menomonie High School, Osseo/Fairchild Middle & High School, Rice Lake Middle School, River Falls School District, School District of Mondovi, Sitha Indian Kitchen, Stanfold Lutheran Church, Stillson Elementary, UWEC and UW-Stout.

Because of the generosity of our donors, people in Haiti will receive more than immediate relief. They will receive resources and support from the Red Cross that will help them recover and rebuild in the years ahead.