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Hannah surpasses goal for Haitian relief fund-raiser



Belle Plaine Lions Club treasurer, Curtis Brown, left, and president, Bob Ulch, present Hannah McLennan a $500 donation to her “Help Hannah Help Haiti” campaign March 11.  Hannah launched a community fund drive soon after the earthquake to raise $2,000 for Red Cross relief efforts. Hannah topped her goal and will present nearly $3,000 to the Red Cross during a school assembly in Lee Gym this Thursday at 2 p.m.

Thanks to the generosity of the Belle Plaine community and others wanting to help, 10-year-old Hannah McLennan surpassed her goal of raising $2,000 for Haitian earthquake relief.

When all donations were counted last week, the Central Elementary fourth-grader tallied $2,830 for her “Help Hannah Help Haiti” project.

Annette McLennan, Hannah’s mother, said approximately $500 was collected in donation canisters her daughter placed in local businesses and her school soon after the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Belle Plaine civic organizations rallied to help Hannah reach her goal. The Lions Club donated $500 and the Rotary gave $400 and an additional $200 in Hannah’s name to the Rotary International Shelter Box project that provides tents and other necessities to earthquake victims.  The Over 60 Club contributed $315.

Other donations, some from as far away as Arizona, California, Florida and Illinois, sent Hannah’s campaign over the top.

“Good” was Hannah’s simple reaction to the outcome of her successful fundraiser.

An assembly to celebrate Hannah’s efforts and the community’s support of her project will be held for grades 2 through 6 this Thursday, March 18, in Lee Gym at 2 p.m. Hannah will present the donations to the Grant Wood Chapter of the American Red Cross, which will explain how the funds will be put to use in Haiti. Representatives from local businesses and organizations will also participate in the assembly. 


UPDATED March 16, 2010 11:52 AM

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