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Fund set up at US Bank to help twin daughters

| December 9, 2010 8:00 PM

The people of Kootenai County are rallying resources for the two little girls recently removed from the home of their mother, Elisabeth Crossley.

A Coeur d'Alene man has set up a Christmas and birthday fund for the girls at US Bank.

Mike Wimmer doesn't know the twin girls, but he knew he had to do something to help the toddlers who will turn 2 on Dec. 14.

"I'm one of thousands who want to help them. I'm sure," Wimmer said. "Everybody in town is talking about these two girls. It just touched my heart what they went through."

Anyone can make a donation at any US Bank branch by letting the teller know it is "for the benefit of the Crossley twins."

Crossley was arrested in Coeur d'Alene Sunday and charged with two counts of felony injury to a child for her treatment of the twin girls.

"Look what happened to them. Everybody always thinks someone else is doing something. I just wanted to make sure it was done," Wimmer said.

He set the account up so the funds will be accessible to whomever is providing shelter for the girls since their removal from the home, once he has that information.

Tom Shanahan, spokesman for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, said his agency's Coeur d'Alene office has been inundated with donations of clothing and other items the twins might need.

"People have been coming into our office crying," Shanahan said. "There are "more clothes than two little girls can ever use."

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