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Letters: Fundraiser supports first responders

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A display of 139 leaves can be seen on Main Street in Laporte. (Although we have fewer names than last year's 198 the total dollars received for the Lakeport First Responders is the same, to the penny. We thank each of you for you generosity in these financially hard times.) Each bright leaf has the name of a loved one remembered written on its face. The display will stay throughout the summer. You are welcome to stop by and read the names displayed in the new Tree of Life display case mounted on the Main Street wall of Miller's Gas & Service. Lion member, and Lakeport First Responder, Paula Hoffmann built the case for a permanent display space where people can come and read the names of loved ones remembered each year.

The Tree of Life is an annual fundraiser for the all-volunteer Lakeport First Responders. That dedicated crew gives all of us in the greater Laporte community peace of mind knowing we have a better chance at life because they are in our community. The Lakeport First Responders are all-volunteer and unpaid. They attend meetings and receive training weekly to keep themselves fresh on proper techniques of lifesaving.

Every dollar of your contributions went to the Lakeport First Responders. This year, through your donations, $684. goes toward the cost of training and supplies for the Lakeport First Responders. The Laporte-Benedict Lions sponsors this annual fundraiser and covers all expenses.

Thank you to all who donated money. Thank you to all who donated time. Thank you to the businesses and churches that posted signs. Thank you to the businesses that handled collection envelopes and buckets. You all made the Seventeenth Annual Tree Of Life another success.

If in your hectic schedule you missed the campaign, but would still like to donate, please contact Margaret at 224-2614 or send your donation and list of names to Margaret Renskers, 9416 Nu Robco Lake Drive, Laporte MN 56461. We will continue to add any new names as they come in.

Margaret Renskers, Laporte

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