While pondering what to do with her challenge money, Pam Erickson discovers her cause on the front page of the newspaper. "Nursing Students Traveling to Kenya to Help AIDS Orphans," the headline reads. The story is about nursing students who plan to go trick-or-treating on Halloween to collect money for an overseas AIDS mission.
Pam, who works at the University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, invites the students to begin their evening of trick-or-treating at her office. The students arrive in Halloween costumes not knowing what to expect. Pam presents them with $1,000 and they are overwhelmed!
Two of the students plan to build a house to shelter Kenyans seeking medical treatment far from home. The other students will be caring for some 500 AIDS orphans and bringing books and equipment for a nurse-training facility in Kenya near the Ugandan border.
"The nursing students I gave the money to were so surprised and so grateful," Pam says. "I'm sure it will be a life-changing experience for them to do their mission work in Kenya, and for me, I know there are so many more people I can help in the future. What a fun challenge!"
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