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Plenty of political and humanitarian causes are clamoring for our dollars.  But it's hard to find one more deserving than the Hassan Family Relief Fund, devoted to the children whose parents were killed at an American checkpoint in Iraq last January:

Our mission is plain. We do not expect to generate smiles or joy for the Hassan family today. But with your help, we will build something out of this chaos.

They will look back at this time and there will always be pain, that's unchangeable by any human effort. But the human spirit is resilient. Some day they will be over the shock. With your help, when that time comes, they will look back and see that out of their pain, something good happened for their community, and their loss was not pointless.

Together, we can put all our resources behind helping them and their community. By reaching out to their community and building in their parents' honor, we can attach to these memories a sense of purpose.

Funds collected from this site will be applied for the medical, housing and educational needs of these children. Once that has been secured, excess portions will be assigned to the building of a school, community center, or scholarship fund in the name of the parents.

The Hassan family's story is here.  Please consider making a contribution.

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Originally posted to MaximusNYC on Fri Mar 25, 2005 at 08:40 AM PST.

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