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Change for Kids fundraiser raises money for Hope Gospel Mission

Chippewa Valley (WQOW) – Hope Gospel Mission is taking the phrase “money in the bank” to an all new level in an effort to help mothers and children experiencing homelessness in the Chippewa Valley.

Hope Gospel officials say 400 children in the Chippewa Valley classify as homeless and they are forced to turn away three to four women with children each month because of a lack of space.

They hope their new women and children facility will better address those needs, but they are $1.6 million short of their fundraising goal.

Wednesday, Stokes-Herzog, Down to Earth Garden Center, and Olson’s Ice Cream teamed up with Northwestern Bank for the “Change for Kids” fundraiser.

The community donated more than $15,000.

At three bank locations, people could bring in everything from pennies to twenties to checks, with the proceeds going to Hope Gospel Mission.

“We’re asking all the moms and dads and all the little ones and grandmas and grandpas and aunties and uncles to say do you have change in your car? Do you have change on your dresser, in your piggy bank at home? If each of the households do something we know we can open by fall,” said Sandi Polzin, executive director of Hope Gospel Mission.

Northwestern Bank matched donations up to $5,000, bringing the total over $20,000. The event ended at 5:30 p.m., but if you still want to help you can continue to drop off donations at Hope Gospel Mission locations.

Geoff Daley

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