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Tantasqua student raising money for Haiti relief efforts



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Few high school students partake in humanitarian endeavors, but Desiree Hagen is about to embark on her second visit to Haiti to assist struggling people there. (click for larger version)
March 22, 2011
WALES — Most high school students have more on their minds than the welfare of those in a faraway country, so when one cares enough about the welfare of struggling individuals in a disaster stricken location to visit that area in an attempt to provide assistance, one takes notice.

Desiree Hagen, a 17-year-old Tantasqua Regional High School student, flew to Haiti in 2010 with members of the East Brookfield Baptist Church and Monadnock Bible Conference based in Jaffrey, N.H., to help earthquake victims there, and she plans to return from May 16-24 with a team of medical professionals.

Hagen was deeply moved by the events she witnessed while in Haiti, particularly the tent cities in which hundreds of starving people stood in line to receive food. After all of the food had been distributed, about half of the people were left standing in the line unfed.

"That was one of the most disturbing things she saw there," said Hagen's grandmother, Susan Hagen. "There are so many people struggling to find food in Haiti, and they have been struggling for a long time now."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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