LAPORTE | A special fund has been set up by the LaPorte County Unity Foundation to help the family of Nathan Woessner, the 6-year-old recovering from his fall into a sandpit at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Foundation Vice President Sandy Gleim said the fund was established Monday after the organization was approached by a group of Michigan City firefighters. The firefighters had received requests from people wanting to donate to the family, but they had no way of handling that.
"Unity had not been called upon before to use online giving for immediate emergency assistance," Gleim said. "However, because of recent investments in technology, the community foundation was able to quickly respond to this unique emergency situation and begin the establishment of a fund to properly manage the contributions."
She said the firefighters talked to the Woessner family about setting up the fund.
"They just wanted to support the family," Gleim said. "Their hearts were very much in it when they were out there rescuing him, and they wanted to take it to the next level."
It took about 50 people four hours to extricate Nathan after he was sucked 11 feet below the surface Friday. He was transported to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital where he remains in critical condition but is expected to make a full recovery.
"The Unity Foundation is very pleased to partner with the heroic firefighters, who represent all those who jumped in to help rescue Nathan," Gleim said.
Donations to the Mount Baldy Miracle Fund can be made by credit card by going to the foundation's website at www.uflc.net. Donations also can be mailed to the foundation at P.O. Box 527, Michigan City, IN 46361 or dropped at the foundation offices at 115 E. 4th St., Michigan City.