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Bellefontaine Chieftain pride travels to Africa

A local family ventured to Africa over their holiday break, and took with them a special piece of home as Christmas gifts for children in Ethiopia.


Children living at the Hope for the Hopeless orphanage in Ethiopia model their Bellefontaine High School Chieftain soccer jerseys they received as Christmas gifts from the Maier family of West Liberty. The Maiers stopped at the orphanage during their recent trip to Ethiopia and Rwanda. (PHOTO | MAIER FAMILY)

West Liberty residents Scott and Shannon Maier and their daughter, Bailey, 18, gave a number of Bellefontaine High School Chieftain soccer jerseys to children who reside at the Hope for the Hopeless orphanage. A story about their travels was featured in the Examiner last month.

“These uniforms were the only Christmas gifts that they would see,” Mrs. Maier, a truancy officer for Bellefontaine City Schools, said in an e-mail. “We were able to be there with them on Christmas Eve.

“They loved the new uniforms and were very proud to be called Chieftains now!”

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