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Area L.I.F.E. Chapter, Red Cross teaming to collect toys

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

TERRE HAUTE -- At least 140 times a year, the American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter is called to the scene of a home fire. The fire not only destroys the homes of many children, but also takes away the security of a familiar and favorite toy.

On Friday, Nov. 14, from 2-4 p.m., the Wabash Valley L.I.F.E. Chapter and the American Red Cross Wabash Chapter are joining forces to address this community humanitarian need. The LIFE organists, sponsored by the Conservatory of Music, are performing at Baesler's Market, 2900 Poplar St., Terre Haute, to encourage the public to either donate a new toy or make a cash donation to the chapter to purchase new toys for a children whose toys are destroyed in home fires here in the Wabash Valley.

The LIFE program is a national Lowery Organ Company project. LIFE stands for Lowery is fun and easy. It is people in local companies throughout the nation united by love of music and wanting to share that joy with others.

The local group performs for free and is made up of students who are at various stages in earning to play the organ.

"The need in our community is great and perhaps will be greater this year than in the past," noted Jo Ann Stearley, the group's spokesperson. "We wanted to do something special this year that would benefit the community beyond enjoying our organ music."

Red Cross representatives will be present at the event to accept new toys or cash donation for toys. The program serves Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo Counties in Indiana and Edgar County in Illinois with the help of the people, foundations, corporations and United Way programs throughout the Wabash Valley.

"We have a year-round need for toys, especially stuffed animals," Wabash Valley Red Cross Director Carol Stevens said. "In the midst of suddenly losing everything and having your life unexpectedly turned upside down, the gift of a new stuffed animal can dry the tears of a child."

For more information or to earn how a group or organization can help local fire families, contact Stevens at 812-232-3393, Ext. 11.

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