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UPDATE: Community Raises $30,000 for Mother of Slain River Falls Girls

Hudson community members collected more than $30,000 in donations at the River City Center parking lot in just eight hours on Wednesday.

UPDATE (6:30 p.m., July 11, 2012): After eight hours of fundraising, Hudson community members more than tripled their $10,000 goal by collecting $30,302 for grief-stricken River Falls mom Jessica Schaffhausen, according to a post on Paul Rode's Facebook page.

Rode's post says that the Hudson Police Department has taken possession of the funds and will deliver them to Schaffhausen on Thursday morning.

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ORIGINAL POST (12 p.m., July 11, 2012): After hearing news of a River Falls man killing his three daughters on Tuesday, members of the Hudson community are coming together to raise money for the grief-stricken mother, Jessica Schaffhausen.

Community members are collecting donations in the at the corner of Second Street and Coulee Road, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday with a goal of raising $10,000.

Less than two hours in, the fundraisers already had collected about half of the stated goal. All funds will be turned over to Chief Marty Jensen to present to Schaffhausen on behalf of the entire Hudson community.

Hudson's franchise provided dozens of small sandwiches for folks who stop by the parking lot to make a donation.

Among the community members collecting funds are Hudson resident Melissa Ingram, North Hudson resident Paul Rode, River Falls resident Israel Neumann (who works in Hudson) and New Richmond resident Mary Kadela (who is moving to Hudson next month).

The largest donation made today will get custody of Rode's 2012 Charger SRT for 24 hours.

Those who cannot make it to River City Center before 6 p.m. can drop off their donation in a sealed envelope anytime at .

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Jake Wganer July 11, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thank you for what you are doing. My heart goes out to Jessica, she is my daughters Girl Scout Leader. It was difficult telling my 8 year old what has happened, but nothing compares to the loss Jessica has received.
Jane Edgell July 11, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Paul Rode listened to his heart and is giving all of us an opportunity to do the same. What an incredible outpouring of human compassion! Hope your heart tells you to help this Mom, not only today, but throughout her journey.
Stacy Rode July 11, 2012 at 06:00 PM
So proud of you big brother for all you do for your community! Thanks for organizing this today!
Gina Unseth July 11, 2012 at 06:40 PM
As a long time resident of River Falls, it is a welcome comfort to know how much support we have from our surrounding communities! God Bless all of you for reaching out, however you can, to the heart broken mother of these beautiful little angels!
TC July 11, 2012 at 07:42 PM
It appears they've raised over $14,000 as of half hour ago- a powerful show of what a blessing we have in our combined communities to join together and help where any can...
tankette July 12, 2012 at 01:24 AM
THANK YOU Paul - and thank you Hudson residents! It feels good to come together for Jessica.
Lori Reissner July 12, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Thank you for taking positive, supportive action. Hearing comments about kids bringing there monies in makes me beyond hopeful that there is so much right in the world!
Tara Fitzgerald July 12, 2012 at 03:18 AM
What an amazing man you are. God bless Jessica.
Dianne E July 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I left Hudson 5 years ago, but it will always be my home. I am very proud the community has come together for this tragedy.
Jonathan Thielen July 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Amazing act of kindness! Thank you Paul. God bless Jessica during this time.
Micheal Foley July 13, 2012 at 09:41 PM
It's time for the community to help out again. The River Falls Police need some help with the murder investigation! http://mobile.riverfallsjournal.com/page/article/id/102528/

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