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This 1984 Chevrolet Corvette, with only 14,416 actual miles, is among seven classic cars and 10 tractors Harvey Hielkema is offering for auction to raise money for Feed My Starving Children. The John Deere G in background will also be sold. Judy Wiff photo

Doing the right thing: Widower sells precious cars to feed starving children

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Harvey Hielkema's decision to sell his collection of vintage cars and tractors was made for a simple reason: God told him to.

As the 77-year-old Baldwin widower tells it, several months ago while he read through a book about the number of children around the world suffering and dying from hunger and malnutrition, God spoke to him.


"All of a sudden, I could hear the Lord saying to me, 'You don't need all that stuff in your sheds when all those kids are starving.'"

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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