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More families in the Ozarks will receive assistance this holiday season thanks to the efforts of St. John’s Clinic. Employees of the clinic raised more than $75,000 for charities that work in Greene, Webster, and Christian Counties, as well as organizations in Springfield, Joplin, Rolla, and Berryville, Arkansas. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.
The group receiving the largest donation from St. John’s Clinic is the Salvation Army in Springfield, which is headed up by Major Norman Grainger. He says because of the $60,000 his organization is receiving from St. John’s Clinic, the Salvation Army will provide services to 200 additional Springfield families this month. Grainger explains what kind of assistance these families will receive.
Grainger says, “We’re hoping to provide two toys per child. Then we have what we call a “mother’s bag,” which is stocking stuffers, decorations, that type of thing. Also, they’ll receive winter wear. And each family will receive a basket of food with a food voucher for meat. So, it’s quite a good donation from the community.”
The Salvation Army divisions in Rolla and Joplin will each receive $5,000 from St. John’s Clinic. Donations will also go to a Springfield charity called “Help Give Hope” and the Berryville, Arkansas-based Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.