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A Helping Hand - from The Messenger

April 19, 2023

This year's Fort Dodge Senior High School musical shares a message, and Alexa McHone wanted to share the passage of grace with the community.

Fort Dodge will perform the school's 96th annual musical "Les Miserables" Thursday through Saturday inside the Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St.

McHone, a student at Fort Dodge, thought of a way to get the community involved as part of a project to provide for the community.

"Last year at the awards showcase, I found out that you can do a service project with your musical," McHone said. "The show "Les Miserables" has such a powerful message of grace and I wanted to share this hope with our community."

As part of the FDSH musical community service project the students will be collecting donations at the three shows to support The Lotus Community Project shelter.

Items can be dropped off in the high school choir room or in the lobby before the show. The goal is to fill a trailer with items.

"It's a great way to get the community involved and overall this has been received very well," McHone said. "The directors and cast have been super supportive and lots of people in the community have helped repost the project on social media."

The Lotus Community Project is focused on supporting single women and all families in need. It was started by Ashley Vaala in 2018 and is located in the former St. John Lutheran Church near Vincent.

Needed items include paper plates/bowls, plastic silverware, aluminum foil/plastic wrap, underwear, sweatpants, pajama bottoms, dish soap.

Also needed are cleaning supplies such as toilet bowl cleaner, floor cleaner, all purpose spray cleaner and Lysol spray.

Monetary donations can also be given. There is a QR code on the Fort Dodge Community School District Facebook page that can be scanned for donations that go directly to The Lotus Community Project as the school can not handle monetary donations.

"Our goal is to fill the Performers Club U-Haul trailer with donations," McHone said. "This musical shows that there can be freedom from past mistakes and it is really exciting to have a platform to share this hope with others."

There will also be a silent auction of signed FDSH "Les Miserables" musical posters. All proceeds will go to the Springer family. Sean Springer, a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High School, died recently in an ATV crash.

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