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Hope for Haiti

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Sometimes small acts of kindness are remarkable in the ability to change the world.  Take for instance the Valley House of Hope for Haiti.  Since last month, a penny war challenge initiated by Ord grade schoolers has created a fund-raising effort with big implications.  Over $5,500 has been raised by only 200 local kidsthat is now being leveraged to create a larger endowment for Haiti.  The goal:  to raise $50,000 to build an orphanage for Haitian children orphaned by the tragedy.  What I find amazing is the ownership local children have in helping those less fortunate than they are.  Actually, I find it humbling.

Keep up to date with House of Hope Haiti on Facebook here.  They have a nice blog running here, and KNLVradio.com has the latest details here.  If you have any questions about how to help, donate or promote the message, don’t hesitate to let us know.  If you’re a local, contributions can be left at any area bank.

I for one would like to extend my congratulations to those involved in this effort.  The compassionate human spirit is alive and well; it’s time we give it some press.

Update: My mistake, as the group is aiming to raise $25,000, not $50k.  Nevertheless, 50 ain’t such a bad number to shoot for 😉

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Written by Caleb

February 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Rural Living

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  1. This was passed along by an area partner, as it pertains to the story above:

    The American Red Cross has teamed with the Recellular Company to collect cell phones to be distributed to non-profit aid workers in Haiti. There are an estimated 130 million phones retired in the United States every year. If even a small percentage of them are donated to Phones for Haiti, it would contribute millions of dollars towards relief from the devastating earthquake. Usable phones will be refurbished and supplied to aid groups working in Haiti. If the phone is unusable, Recellular will donate 100% of the value of the phone to the American Red Cross. All phones are accepted, though newer phones will provide the most value to the charity. All information will be erased before the phones are sent.

    Locally, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, located in the Loup Basin RC&D office at the Valley Ag Complex in Ord, is collecting cell phones to send to Recellular to be reused/recycled for the Red Cross. You can help with the efforts in Haiti in a non-monetary way.

    Bring your phone to the Ord office or e-mail Linda.Studnicka@rcdnet.net for the link to the postage paid label to send in the cell phones. You may call Linda at 308-728-3393 for more information.

    Caleb

    February 16, 2010 at 9:22 pm

  2. Hi! Thank you so much for the publicity on this. I do have one small correction. The project is actually to raise $25,000 (not $50,000) for a 50-bed orphanage. I really appreciate your nice post. Thank you again for helping us get the word out!

    Bailey Andreesen

    bandreesen

    February 17, 2010 at 1:41 am

  3. My apologies! Regardless, its an amazing contribution. Best of luck and great work!

    Caleb

    February 17, 2010 at 2:38 am

  4. Wow,Caleb! Thanks for passing along your thoughts and congrats to the kids in Valley County and all involved. I really appreciate your words. It is humbling. God bless! Sara Andreesen, Ord, NE

    Sara Andreesen

    February 17, 2010 at 3:03 am

  5. Just doing my job recognizing people that make our community great. No need for a thank you!

    Caleb

    February 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm


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