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Little Landon Shaw has a rare form of cancer. The 6 month old, from Tarkio, Missouri, has touched the hearts of thousands of people across the country. Mayor Dan Hickson, Alderman Darrel Box and Alderman Jordon Elefson are among them. They recently took the "plunge for Landon" at Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, answering a challenge on Facebook. To date, thousands of people have jumped into cold bodies of water in order to offer up support to Landon and his family. "There isn't anything I wouldn't try to do to help a baby with cancer," said Mayor Dan Hickson. "This was a small gesture of support for what that baby and his family are going through. I would do it 10 times over again." Landon was only 4 months old when doctors discovered a large mass on his brain. During surgery to remove the brain tumor, Landon's heart stopped and doctors gave the family little hope that their baby would survive the night. However, Landon went home on April 1. But with chemotherapy ahead, there is still a long road to recovery. The "Plunge for Landon" campaign hopes to raise money to cover the costs of extensive medical care for the Shaw family. Before jumping into the water, participants challenge three other people to take the plunge within 24 hours, and agree to pledge a donation for each person who accepts the challenge. Within five days of the Facebook fundraiser announcement, more than $30,000 had been raised. Dozens of videos on Facebook and YouTube show participants across the U.S. and abroad taking the plunge. Participants include local celebrities, U.S. Representatives, American soldiers, among others. Participants have also challenged several Republican leaders and professional sports teams to take the plunge. Nineteen people in Buckner took the plunge at Heisler-Burns Park on Saturday, raising $155. May 8, 2014 Vol. 1 Issue 2 Plunge Benefits Sick Baby Buckner Clarion PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL Local Postal Customer income guidelines (see ad on page 11), be current on mortgage and property taxes, have not had a bankruptcy or foreclosure within the last year, and live in Bucker. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. "Habitat for Humanity builds homes, communities and hope," said Executive Director Pat Turner. "Seeking to put God's love into action is Habitat's mission. When we leverage economies of scale— all stakeholders coming together— we are not just building a home, we are building a community and giving the people there hope. It's about leveraging all of the resources and transforming lives in the community." Turner said Habitat is working in tandem with the City of Buckner to implement the roof replacement program. They will also be reaching out to faith-based and business communities for support. "We will be making the call-to- action for support, along with the City, and meeting with churches and other organizations in the community and asking them to partner with us," said Carla Simpson, Habitat's development director. "We need to raise funds and we need people to volunteer to help. It's neighbors helping neighbors, which is really what Habitat's mission is all about." Habitat practices what they preach. The organization tithes to help its global mission which extends to Europe, Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Latin American and the Caribbean. Habitat's lending model is also based on Christian principles: "If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a money lender, charge them no interest." (Exodus 22:25) Continued on page 3 The Habitat for Humanity Gives 'Hand-Up' Fixing Roofs Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity has core values that are based on Christian principles. One comes from the Book of Acts, "In everything I did, I showed you by this kind of hard work, we must help the weak. Remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" (Acts 20:35). Habitat will be [giving] 10, qualified homeowners in Buckner, Missouri new roofs. Habitat recently received a grant from the Strong Community Fund of the Federal Home Loan Bank to assist qualified homeowners in Eastern Jackson County with no-cost roof replacements. To be eligible, applicants must own their own home and reside in the home that is in need of roof repair, fall within specified By Hollis Schnieders Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 505 N. Dodgion, Independence, MO.

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