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They responded generously from the heart
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Mike and Lori Salley, founders of “Show Mercy” with Tommy Douglass, Cole Stritzke, Savanna Weeks and Peyton Dorsh.
St. James School photo
Mike and Lori Salley, founders of “Show Mercy” with Tommy Douglass, Cole Stritzke, Savanna Weeks and Peyton Dorsh.

MCMINNVILLE — An event this spring showed the kind of children who attend St. James School here.

It all started April 11 at a Catholic Daughters meeting. Organizers were giving time for Jeanne Wirech’s presentation on Uganda and CDA youth education contest winners for art and poetry.  As Wirech spoke and showed pictures of the devastating situation in Uganda, talking about the need for clean water and a new well, the award-winning children walked in quietly took a seat in the back row, watching and listening. Wirech is with “Show Mercy International," started in 2004 by Mike and Lori Salley of Albany. Now it was time for the children to get their awards.

Apparently, the Uganda presentation touched their hearts deeply, because after receiving their awards of money and a large Hershey Bar, fourth grader Peyton Dorsh said he wanted to donate his prize winnings to the well project. Then three others followed suit, also giving their money to Uganda’s needs. Someone agreed to match the $55 donated.  

The generosity was totally unexpected and unprompted. A mother of one of the children said, “This is why I send my child to St. James Catholic School.”



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