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An instantaneous response

When between $4,000 and $6,000 was stolen from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Chippewa Falls, Wis., right after Christmas, First Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, Wis., knew it needed to help.

"The response was instantaneous. It was just, we're gonna do this," Scott Miller, pastor of First, told a local TV station.

The funds were slated for an orphanage in Peru. First offered a $4,000 matching gift, which has caused more donations to come in each day.

"It was almost like we had an opportunity to do a double blessing here because actually the children at Casa Hogar will get almost twice what they would have actually collected," Miller said. Donations — about $20,000 so far — have come from across the nation.


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