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')5 y-~-~ oo-oo-oo 46P 9T sMALL ToWN pAPERS C005 217 W GOTA ST sHELTON, WA 98584-2263 L SINGLE CoPY $1.00 VOL. 135 ISSUE 42 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018 J. ~ . " @ Photos: Larry Bid Above: Ally Knulson and Sierra Jenson collected more than 1,000 dresses for children in Haili as a part of their FC- CLA STAR Service Project dubl0ed =A Hundred for Haiti." Right: Sierra Jenson shows off a photo of a lit- lie girl in I-laili wearing a dress she sewed for the =Hundred for Hail/' project. Val the world with nts change I ives across eqc prol By Allison Olimb of The Press EDINBURG, N.D. -- "It doesn't matter how they do at state or if they get to nationals, they already won. They won in ways they don't even know yet," said Lor- raine Zachary of Real Hope for Haiti. She addressed the students of Valley-Edinburg High School last Thursday at a pep rally for Ally Knut- son and Sierra Jenson, who recently completed their proj- ect of making, collecting, and donating dresses for girls in the impoverished island nation. "A Hundred for Haiti" started out as a simple idea that Sierra and Ally had for an FCCLA (Family, Career and Commtmity Leaders of America) STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Chapter Service Project. Sierra discovered the organization Real Hope for Haiti and one of the needs on their list was dress- es for children. They set a goal of sending 100 dress- es to fill a need. Their adviser, Loft Fingarson, connected the girls with Edinburg business owner Katie Skoog, who is the pat- tem designer behind Simple Life Pattem Company. She donated fabric and created a pattern that could be used consistently for anyone looking to help. The girls created a YouTube video, connected through Simple Life social media contacts, and sent out press releases to local media. They sewed dresses them- selves and hosted a sew along with elementary students. "I was so taken aback when I heard their story, when I heard what they were doing," Lorraine said. Everyday for almost three months packages rolled in. "A Hundred for Haiti" became "A Hundred for Haiti" times ten. When Ally and Sierra presented their project last Thursday, they had collected 1,007 dresses from across 39 states and Canada. When they presented their project in Grand Forks they earned a gold rating, the highest you can score. This advanced them to the state competition last weekend. Lorraine's husband Davis "Zach" Zachary found- ed Real Hope for Haiti more than 20 years ago with a mission of improving the lives of those in need. He said that he has had a lot of adventures over the years but they take it all one day at a time. Lorraine explained that the ministry of Real Hope for Haiti now has three pri- mary focuses: The Cholera Treatment Center, the Med- ical Clinic, and the Resdue Center. In Haiti, prices are high, income is low, and the chal- lenges are many. Lorraine highlighted some of the ma- jor factors impacting the people. She explained that shel- ter is an issue, food is an issue, and access to clean wa- ter is an issue. In researching for this project, the girls discovered the reality of how vulnerable the country is, as Haiti had to rebuild from a devastating earthquake in 2010 and more recently from the brutal assault of Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Real Hope for Haiti Cont. page 7 1 I / See page 2 Walsh 4-H 2017 club )tear honors See page 5 When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world. Changes coming to intersection See page 2 Project Expo See page 6