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Estherville children giving to Kosovo children

By Staff | Feb 11, 2008

The children in Estherville are being asked to consider giving to children of Kosovo who are in desperate need of playground equipment.

Contract was made halfway around the world for these children who only wish to enjoy a childhood playing soccer games with friends and schoolmates. This childhood want is the same in peace or strife.

Local National Guard member, SSG J.A. Blum, Logistics NCO, Battery A1-194 FA, stationed in Kosovo, contacted Gene Haukoos, Master Chief Hospital Corpsman USN Ret., in Estherville for input and assistance with this idea.

Haukoos said Blum is thinking basketballs and soccer balls are the biggest necessities at the moment, noting that soccer is the more popular sport by far.

“My idea is to make this a program of children helping children.We could get youth groups, church groups, Scout troops, 4-H groups and many others involved,” Haukoos said.

The local goal for Estherville is to amass 50 balls by Saturday, March 8, 2008. Also needed for this project are air pumps with sports ball needles.

The office of the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce, 620 First Ave.S., is the collection site for donated balls. Checks can also be made to the Estherville chamber with soccer or troops in the memo line.

“We will box all of the balls for shipment at the Family Readiness Group meeting on March 8 at the Estherville National Guard Readiness Center.

Person having questions or suggestions should contact Haukoos at (712) 362-4221.