St. Luke’s McCall Auxiliary awards $83,891 in thrift shop proceeds
Left to Right front row: Joan Brundige, Auxiliary Grant committee member; Dianne Robinson, Community Children’s Medical Fund; Jenny Ruemmele, St. Luke’s McCall Dental-Brighter Smiles program; Jennifer Caple, St. Luke’s McCall Cancer Support Fund and Community Children’s Medical Fund; Gene Shoup, Sue Warner, Adams County Health Clinic; Jennifer Dummar, Payette Lakes Ski Club; Kristen Amarante, Payette Lakes Community Association; Linda Klind-Arbach, Heartland Hunger Resource Center; Liz Jones, Donnelly Farmers Market; Back Row: Mallorie Getto and Linda Carr, Community Medical Fund; Tawni Peterson, Adams County Health Clinic
By Laura Crawford, News and Community
The community grants are funded entirely by proceeds from the St. Luke’s McCall Auxiliary Thrift Shop.
“It is again a gratifying time for the auxiliary and all those who work tirelessly at the thrift shop to be able to continue supporting programs that work to improve the health and wellness of our community members,” Auxiliary Grant Committee Chair Holly Thrash said.
“The amount of donations they process through the thrift shop is truly amazing.”
Grants were awarded as follows:
- $22,000: St. Luke’s McCall Complex Care, provides support for prescriptions for those who would not otherwise be able to pay for necessary medication.
- $14,200: The Community Children’s Medical Fund, helps families with children in need of dental care, behavioral health and medical care.
- $14,200: St. Luke’s McCall Dental – Brighter Smiles program, supports those in need of dental care who would not otherwise be able to afford care.
- $14,000: The Community Medical Fund, helps adults in need of dental care, behavioral health and medical care.
- $5,000: St. Luke’s McCall Cancer Support Fund, assisting families facing financial difficulties while undergoing treatment for cancer.
- $4,291: Adams County Health Clinic Patient Assistant Foundation, assisting families in need of medical, dental, vision and behavioral health care and transportation.
- $3,000: Heartland Hunger Resource Center, supports formula and baby food coupon program.
- $2,500: Payette Lakes Community Association, supports the purchase of nutritious snacks for after-school and summer youth programs.
- $2,000: Payette Lakes Ski Club/Little Ski Club, support the replacement of AED equipment.
- $1,800: McCall Senior and Community Center, support for Meals on Wheels and community food pantry programs.
- $500: Horizons Lifestyle and Education Team, Inc., support for after school programs promoting healthy choices and nutrition education.
- $400: Donnelly Farmer’s Market, supports coupons that doubles the value for those using SNAP benefits to purchase fresh local produce.
The grants were awarded at the auxiliary's general membership meeting on Jan. 13.
The auxiliary has contributed more than $2.7 million in support of the hospital and local community organizations since 2002.
Applying for grants
Local non-profit organizations with a health-related mission are eligible to apply for the grants. Applications are due in September with funds awarded in January.