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Local Students Raise Money for Tsunami

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

Eighth graders from Ivy Creek Middle School stood outside of Sam's Club on Route 29 to wash cars in hopes of making a difference.

Donations from the car wash will go towards Hieffer Projects International, an organization that donates cattle to those in need.

Teacher John Barker said the cattle will allow tsunami victims to be more self-efficient.
Unlike money, the cattle can help produce vital necessities for months or even years to come.

"The gift of a goat, or cow, or something like that can give them enough milk to survive on, and then help them to develop their own business,” said Barker. "We see it as long-term relief."

Barker's students also see it as a small way to contribute.

"It makes me feel good, it makes me feel like you're doing something," remarked John Blair, an eighth grader at Ivy Creek. "Instead of just sitting and saying somebody needs to do something bout it. You're the one doing it."

Within four hours, the group raised $258. That money will be added to the amount from last week's car wash for a donation total of $465.


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