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ABUSE: City comes to rescue

| December 15, 2010 9:00 PM

When I first read about the Crossley twins, my heart broke. Like most of the citizens of Coeur d'Alene, I was shocked and saddened. Being a father and grandfather, I felt compelled to do something.

I had no idea where to start, but I was determined to try. After extensive phone calls to various agencies, businesses and friends, I learned this: Coeur d'Alene means, as anyone who is familiar with local history knows, "the heart of an awl." I propose Coeur d'Alene should be called the "heart of us all."

I have never encountered so many wonderful people willing to give their time and offer guidance on my mission to set up a trust fund to benefit these girls. Not ever having done anything like this before, I had no idea where to start, so first and foremost, I'd like to thank Midge Smock, of the Windemere Foundation, for her invaluable knowledge. Also, Tami Atkins and LaDonna Beaumont of US Bank, who helped set up the fund.

Next would be Michael Patrick, the editor of the Coeur d'Alene Press, who immediately put the information out to the public, and Stacy White and Heather Johnson of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for their encouragement.

I would like to say to the Crossley girls; a city cares for you. You are in our prayers and hearts. May you have the best of birthdays and a Merry Christmas.

There is a Santa Claus. He lives right here in the heart of Coeur d'Alene.

MICHAEL WIMMER

Coeur d'Alene

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