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David Letterman often torments his "Late Night" guests, but his attitude is completely different toward sick and handicapped children in his hometown.

Letterman quietly gave money to Roncalli High School last month for construction of a wheelchair ramp. His attorney, Ron Elberger of Indianapolis, asked that the amount not be disclosed.

"My understanding is that it came straight out of his pocket," said Roncalli Principal Joseph Hollowell. "His attorney dropped by and left a check."

Individual donations and fund drives raised $45,000 to buy a wheelchair lift for the multilevel high school. Letterman attended a different school.

Letterman also sponsors a summer camp for children with cerebral palsy.

"Mr. Letterman sometimes calls the children, or writes them a letter. And they're personally written letters, too," said Kirby Gamber of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Indiana.

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