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Hudson community raises over $30,000 for Schaffhausen family

The Hudson community came out in massive numbers last Wednesday to contribute to a fund benefiting the Schaffhausen family of River Falls.

Over $30,000 was collected from 10 a.m. into the early evening at the River City Center parking lot, reported Hudson resident Paul Rode.

Jessica Schaffhausen experienced tragedy last Tuesday when her three daughters, Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5, were all found dead in their home by police. Jessica's ex-husband, Aaron, is accused of killing the girls.

The funds went toward the children's funeral costs.

Rode, Melissa Ingram of Hudson, Israel Neumann of River Falls and Mary Kadela of New Richmond assisted in the collection of the money. A Hudson police officer was there to handle the cash, which was deposited into a bank the next morning.

The Hudson Jimmy John's shop provided sandwiches to give to the people making a donation.

The original goal was to raise $10,000, a total the public topped by the early afternoon.

Area residents hope their donations provide some form of relief.

"People need to heal and I know it's just money, but it's helping people heal," said Rode, "A lot of good was done."

Financial donations can still be made to the First National Bank of River Falls in care of "Benefit Account for the Schaffhausen Children."