Mercy Clinic Springfield announced over $88,000 in donations 11:30 a.m. Thursday to the Ozarks Food Harvest – The Weekend Backpack Program™, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, Bridges for Youth, the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, and the Don’t Meth With MO program at a check presentation ceremony at Mercy Hospital.
The donation comes at the conclusion of the Clinic’s semi-annual Force for Good campaign. This campaign cycle was specifically called “Every Kid Counts” as each agency involved strives to enhance the quality of life for at-risk children and youth. Clinic co-workers and physicians raise funds and make donations to campaigns benefiting these worthy causes in the community.
“We set an ambitious goal this time and still made it,” said Force for Good Chairman Dr. Robert Mahnken. “I’m proud of all our co-workers.”
A $40,000 check was presented to Ozarks Food Harvest – The Weekend Backpack Program™, which will provide severely at-risk children in 16 southwest Missouri communities with backpacks filled with nutritious child-friendly foods for them to take home on the weekends, when they might otherwise go hungry. These funds will provide 96 backpacks each week which results in 3,400 backpacks in the school year – more than 20,000 meals.
A $30,000 check was given to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks. This donation will fund the kitchen facilities at the Ronald McDonald House that is being constructed within Mercy Hospital. This new Ronald McDonald House will be located within 8,000 square feet of space on the 6th floor of Mercy Hospital “H” wing. This new Ronald McDonald House will impact the lives of thousands of family members each year, ultimately providing healing family support for Mercy pediatric patients.
Bridges for Youth received $4,500 to purchase equipment for the new center located at 1230 W. Madison to help provide a safe and well supervised playground.
Good Samaritan Boys Ranch was presented with a check for $6,069 which will help provide outdoor recreational opportunities for residents at the Ranch’s Footsteps Transitional Living project.
A $7,500 check was presented to the Don’t Meth With MO program. Students in Springfield and outlying communities will be given a presentation on the consequences of experimenting with the highly addictive drug known as meth.