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Auctions across the Mercy hospital system raise funds for those in need

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Have you ever passed a penny on the ground because you felt it wasn't worth enough to use the energy to pick it up?

The stark reality is that to some pennies matter. When pennies are pooled with other donors' dollars, it's a step to making a difference right locally, a news release said.

A recent fund drive among co-workers across Mercy will bolster hometown service programs in Fort Scott and other communities in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.

In total, the "Mercy Way Campaign" raised more than $2.1 million through cash gifts and co-worker paycheck deductions. In most Mercy locations, funds raised will support the local United Way organization and its mission to fund various social service agencies. In some Mercy communities, contributions also were designated for internal needs, such as co-worker crisis funds. The funds from the Mercy Fort Scott campaign will benefit both.

"It's no surprise our co-workers are so giving and compassionate," said Patty Arnold, Mercy's vice president of philanthropy. "Time and time again, they step up not only to provide for our fellow co-workers in need, but they give to support our communities as well."

In Fort Scott, co-workers raised a total of $12,598, coming in at 126 percent of the goal. In Independence, employees contributed more than $31,000 (633 percent of their $5,000 goal). Staffers in Rolla, Mo., blew their $3,000 campaign goal out of the water, raising a whopping $13,464. Likewise was the story in Mountain View, Mo., where co-workers raised 264 percent of their goal, the release said.

While economic realities hit home for everyone across Mercy, with the four-state area experiencing an average unemployment rate upwards of 6.5 percent, co-workers dug deep this year to support their local causes, with many of the smaller rural Mercy communities far exceeding their fund-raising goals.

"The generosity among Mercy co-workers heartwarming," said Tina Rockhold, marketing and communications manager and philanthropy director. "It's a testament that not only are they called to serve others through their work, but they live it daily with their acts of compassion."

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