Posted Date: 10/09/2018
Though the Love’s Travel Shops have supported Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 19 years, this is the first year for the new local Love’s to get involved. Both the high school and elementary school agreed to help Love’s meet its first-year fundraising goal of $3,000.
The funds raised go to the CMN hospital that serves children in this area, which is Freeman Hospital at Joplin, Mo. There are 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that provide quality health care to millions of children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
Jessica Wright, representing Love’s, met with the CES Fifth Grade Leadership Team that spearheaded the campaign at the elementary school, raising $549.06.
“You guys helped us go over that goal,” Wright told the students, by increasing the local Love’s contribution to $3,533.63.
“How will the hospital use the money,” one boy asked.
“If they need crutches or if they need to stay in the hospital and they don’t have any insurance for medicine or stints,” the funds help pay the services a child needs to get well. In some cases, the money is used to help kids get companion dogs to help them walk or be able to go to school. Other kids who are terminally ill get to meet some of their heroes.
“You guys have all helped with that and you’ve done an awesome job,” Wright told the fifth graders. “You guys even beat the high school” in fundraising efforts.
Love’s also donated pizza parties for the top two classes that raised the most money. Ms. Leroy’s class placed first for contributing $164.36 and Ms. Wood’s class was second, bringing in $142.75.