La Crosse donation drive for Nepal on Tuesday

Donations accepted outside of the La Crosse Center until 7 p.m.

At least 50 people have died and more than 1,000 people were injured in Nepal due an earthquake that struck on Tuesday.

Manju Sah, a Nepal native who moved to the United States five years ago, helped organize a donation drive outside of the La Crosse Center.

When Sah woke up Tuesday morning, he couldn’t believe another earthquake had hit the already devastated country of Nepal.

“I called my mom and dad and they are fine. They are outside right now because I told them not to live inside the house because the house is all cracked, it’s all cracked,” said Sah. “It’s very dangerous right now. Everyone is so panicked and people are living outside in tents.”

Sah is relieved to hear his parents are OK but he is still waiting to hear from his sisters. Susan Timm, a co-organizer of the fundraising event, is also waiting for some news.

“We sponsor a child there and we have a community of people we know there,” said Timm. “I haven’t heard from them yet so I am not sure what is going on.”

Timm said it’s hard to think about what the people in Nepal are going through at this time.

“One of the last messages I received from my friend this morning was, ‘We don’t know what to do. We are scared,’ and that is difficult to deal with,” said Timm.

Although Sah and Timm would rather be in Nepal helping with relief efforts, they said raising money is the next best thing because they know it will go directly to the victims of now two deadly earthquakes.

If you would like to help out, just stop by the La Crosse Center or the people’s Food Co-op and drop off your donation. Volunteers have been out in front of the La Crosse Center since 6:30 a.m. and they’ll be there until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

All donations will go through the Nepal Social Service Fund and 100 percent of your donation will go straight to helping the victims of the quake and it is tax deductible.           

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