Nickel Mines School Victims Fund - November 2006 Charity-of-the-Month

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Nickel Mines School Victims Fund

The Amish families in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, a part of our American community, were severely and traumatically affected on October 2, 2006. During this November, a month of Thanksgiving, we should not only remember and be grateful for what we have, but also assist those that are not as fortunate and those dealing with tragedy. This peaceful community deserves whatever help you can give for the current and future long-term (and life-long) special needs of the children and families involved in this terrible event.

The following press release is from the Nickel Mines Accountability Committee concerning the Nickel Mines School Victims Fund

Statement of thanks to the public and plans for use of contributions

Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania � On October 2 seven Amish families in our community experienced the unimaginable -- ten of their young daughters were shot, five fatally, by a gunman who invaded the Amish school where their children attended. The whole community, Amish and others, were horrified and shocked that such evil could be done to the most innocent members of our peaceful community.

Messages of condolence and care, financial contributions, and offers of all kinds of assistance began to pour into the community almost immediately from the local community and from around the world. We, the people of the Nickel Mines community, are humbled and deeply thankful for this outpouring of love. Each act of kindness, the prayers and every gift, small or large, comfort us and assure us that our spirits will heal even though the painful loss will always be with us. Thank you for your generous kindness and for walking with us in this valley of death. We wish we could thank each of you personally.

In those first hours and days we experienced personally the love and care of our neighbors and the public and private service providers as they responded tirelessly and selflessly. Specifically, we acknowledge and thank the following: volunteer fire companies, especially the Bart Township fire company; fire police; Lancaster County Sheriff�s Department; Pennsylvania State Police and local law enforcement people; ambulance and emergency response teams; hospitals and all the related medical providers; coroners; churches; community volunteer groups; transportation providers; and the Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Disaster Service, the Anabaptist Foundation and the numerous banks and businesses that are collecting funds. To all those we failed to mention, thank you, and apologies for not naming you.

We thank people from the news media who sensitively reported our tragedy to the world and in many cases wrote thoughtful commentary that helped the world grapple with values that are dear to us -- forgiveness, non-violence, mutual caring, simplicity and life in a community of faith. Above all, thank you for the acts of kindness you showed us even while you were doing your reporting work.

The Roberts family is also suffering. Please join us in showering care on them, praying for them and in assisting them with financial needs that they face.

We have organized the Nickel Mines Accountability Committee to receive contributions and apply them to the needs that resulted from the shootings: medical and counseling services, transportation for victims, transportation and extra living expenses for family members attending to the victims, rehabilitation, long-term disability care, modifications to homes or schools if needed to make facilities handicap accessible, and any other expenses resulting from the event. If adequate funds are received contributions may be made to charity funds of health service providers and to volunteer public service entities that responded to this event without charging for their services. Funds received in excess of what is needed to respond to the Nickel Mines Amish School tragedy will be contributed, as the committee deems appropriate, to needs arising from other tragic events within or outside the Amish community.

Thank you and God bless you.

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A coordinated fund has been established to help the families and children affected, both for the short and long term complications that they will be dealing with, both physically and emotionally.

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Nickel Mines School Victims Fund

Upon request from the Nickel Mines Accountability Committee (a group of community leaders appointed by Amish leadership to administrate this fund) Anabaptist Foundation has created a fund for the Victims of Nickel Mines School Tragedy.

To centralize and secure the growing number of donations for victims of the Nickel Mines school tragedy, the Anabaptist Foundation has established a fund called The Anabaptist Foundation, Nickel Mines School Victims Fund. This fund will help cover costs for medical care, transportation and other support.

Donations to this fund are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Checks should be made payable to Anabaptist Foundation, Nickel Mines School Victims Fund. The Anabaptist Foundation is a 501c3 public foundation serving conservative Anabaptist churches. (Amish, Mennonite and Brethren)

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Tax-deductible donations can be mailed directly to:

Nickel Mines School Victims Fund
c/o Anabaptist Foundation
PO Box 27
Mifflinburg, PA 17844

Foundation Director: Rich Lauer

For further information about how to make a contribution, call Anabaptist Foundation's accounting office at 1-814-531-1023

For further information on the Anabaptist Foundation, call the Foundation Director at 1-276-733-9947


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