Please dig deeply to help these people, who in less than an hour’s time, life was changed so dramatically for them. Many of them have nothing but the clothes on their back. Their car is damaged, their home gone, including all the contents blown into the next county.

Our family will double every amount that you send to Red Cedar Church in Rice Lake. Four of the victims who lost mobile homes attend that church.

My eagerness to issue the challenge grant to you was inspired when I saw how touched Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was as he met the people, hugged them, and encouraged them. What a kind and wonderful man who takes his job so seriously to serve others in his state.


One of my least favorite of Bible verses is James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Let’s all pray that this horrible event can transform peoples’ lives so they will look back on this moment to see the changes it can make in how they view how precious life is and maybe restore strained relationships or dedicate their lives in a new direction.

Your helping them will also make an impact on returning our entire culture to greater civility as we identify with these victims.  It seems like the petty bickering between Republicans and Democrats, black and white, rich and poor, and all the other tensions in our society seem so petty when we look at what these people are going through.

Ways to make a tax deductible donation:

1). Give online:
a. Click in this link.
b. Click on red “Give Now” button.
c. Fill out the form, and select “Tornado Relief Fund” as the Giving Type from the drop down menu.

2). Mail or bring check to Red Cedar Church, 1701 W Allen Street, Rice Lake, WI 54868

3). Take a check (not cash) to any Sterling Bank location.

God Bless,

Let’s all of us promote Civility.
Together We’ll Get There!


  • Kenneth L Gonske says:

    Foster Friess, you are amazing, God bless you!!!

  • Thank you, Foster Friess!

  • Gail Fredrickson says:

    Thanks you for being the hands and feet of Jesus. God bless!!!!!

  • Mark & JoAnn Heppner says:

    Foster Friess, you are amazing, God bless you!!!..donation on it’s way

  • Bobbi says:

    I wanted to share that a single dad that lives in the trailer court, raising two young son’s, requested a grant to help him finish repairing his home in the mobile home park, from storm damage. He stated that he was turned down by this church because he made 1000 too much Annually.

    I’m disappointed that income is being held against folks if this is truly the case. 3 months later he still has a hole in his roof and needs about 10k to get his home back to normal.

    Anyone who is directly affected by this storm deserves the help. That is what this money is for- regardless of income.

    Please review your procedures. Those who donated want the money to go to these people.

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