Mercy Goes Back to School with Kids

October 2, 2010

With 36,000 employees and 30 hospitals in a four-state area, when the Sisters of Mercy reach out to support school kids throughout the Midwest, it’s no small matter. Every year Mercy physicians and co-workers donate thousands of dollars in goods and services by providing bus loads of school supplies, free immunizations, hair cuts, sports physicals and much more.

“This is the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy who began caring for children in Dublin, Ireland, almost 200 years ago,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of the Sisters of Mercy Health System. “Today the ministry still remains strong, and our co-workers find innovative ways to support our local school kids in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.”

Here’s a sampling of back-to-school support:

  • Mercy in Springfield, MO, has raised $40,000 for children with disabilities and another $20,000 for the Child Advocacy Center. Mercy has also been the lead sponsor for the Safe Kids Springfield Coalition and last year provided and fitted more than 750 bicycle helmets.
  • Mercy in Independence, KS, has a hair salon on campus and provides free hair cuts to kids who might otherwise not be able to afford it. In the past four years, 269 children have received hair cuts.
  • Mercy in Oklahoma City, OK, has provided an inner city school with a $25,000 playground and $15,000 outdoor classroom. In addition, more than 300 Mercy co-workers have served over the past five years as weekly tutors.
  • Mercy in Joplin, MO, hosts Christmas in August each year – gathering school supplies for a low-income elementary school.
  • Mercy in Fort Scott, KS, offers $10 sports physicals – normally $82. The savings to 306 school kids last year was more than $22,000. The proceeds from the $10 fee were donated back to the school district, providing more than $3,000 in school supplies.
  • Mercy in Lebanon, MO, hosts an annual community-wide Crayon Crusade and since 2004, more than 30,000 school supplies have been collected.
  • Mercy in Berryville, AR, hosts an annual school supply drive and last year alone filled more than three school buses with supplies.
  • Mercy in St. Louis, MO, has hosted a back-to-school drive for the past 10 years and last year alone collected $6,550 in school supplies.
  • Mercy in Hot Springs, AR, provides free school physicals.

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