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Tuesday, August 28, 2001 about 7:00 am

Lynda Thompson
Empire District Electric Company
Joplin, MO
Fax: (417)-625-5169

Marie Ann O'Hara
Bolivar, MO  65613

Dear Lynda Thompson,


Much to my surprise, friends have received several inquires as
to how
individuals or churches might help in paying my electric
billing.


Though donations towards my electrical billing would certainly
be welcomed,
I am a little uncertain as to how to handle this.

Due to the urgency of the situation, however, I believe it would
be best
that any donations towards my electrical billing be sent
directly to you
.


Therefore, I have asked that all such donations be sent to you
at your
Joplin office address at:

     Marie O'Hara Electrical Assistance
     %Ms. Lynda Thompson
     Empire Electric District Company
      PO Box 127
      Joplin, MO 64892


I asked that the words -- "Marie O'Hara Electrical Assistance" --
appear
both on the outside envelope and as a notation on the check,
and that
the checks be made payable directly to Empire District
Electric Company
.


These instructions will also appear on the Marie O'Hara Donation
Drive
website at: http://members.aol.com/DonationDrive/index.html.

If anyone should inquire, please do not disclose my account numbers
... or any other personal or private information. ...


As you know, at present (and for the past four or more years), I
have had
no actual income -- nor have I received any governmental
or church assistance
.
 [In fact, since her injury on September 26,
1988, Marie has never received financial assistance from a local
church.]



As always, I thank you for your consideration and kind assistance
in this matter.



Sincerest Regards,



Marie Ann O'Hara




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