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Fifth Grader Raises $1300 for CharitySubmitted: 12/27/2012

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EAGLE RIVER - For most 11-year-olds, Christmas is about making lists and getting presents.

But one Eagle River fifth grader wanted to pay her blessings forward.

In the last five weeks, Morgan Phillipich has raised more than $1,300 for World Vision.

She's sending the money to an international charity to buy farm equipment for African families.

"I always just thought of other people and when I realized what they needed, I realized that I could help them," she said. "I'm not just a little 11-year-old girl who can't do anything. I can help them."

Morgan's original goal was $518, enough to buy malaria nets and livestock for a small family farm.

Her mom and dad helped her write letters to family and friends asking for donations.

"Everybody was so amazed and surprised that someone her age would do this, they told people and then they told people," said Val Blaedow, Morgan's mom. "t did actually do me good because thereís so much negative out there going on. Good things are happening all of the time, itís just good to see it recognized and spread it a little bit."

Morgan is collecting donations through the first of the year.

If you'd like to help her cause, we will forward donations from our station. Checks can be written out to Morgan Phillipich, Memo: World Vision Fundraiser.

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Attn: Lex Gray/World Vision Fundraiser
3217 County Road G
Rhinelander, WI 54501


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