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Allison Eide and her friend Ashley Reitsma have their own mini-business going. They make wallets, flowers, bookmarks and purses out of brightly colored duct tape, then sell the items to help Eide sponsor an Ethiopian child.

12-year-old Allison Eide sponsors two children through Compassion International

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At age 12, Allison Eide is like other kids her age. She's got friends, she does her school work and she likes to make fun little purses and bookmarks with duct tape. But Eide is also different from most kids her age, because she sponsors not one, but two children in third world countries.

Oh, and she's also a worship leader.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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