An annual collection of spare change at the Weston Regional Medical Center for children and families in the Dominican Republic raised a record amount of $1,600 this past year.
Staff members from Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, Ministry Health Care, Ministry Medical Group, The Diagnostic & Treatment Center and Marshfield Clinic Weston Center along with visitors to the Weston Campus take part in the “Spare Change to Sponsor a Child” collections located in the Bread Basket restaurant of Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital.
This year staff and visitors contributions were matched by a generous anonymous donor to the Foundation of Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital. The donor stepped forward a few months ago with the challenge to match all funds collected through September 9, which was the kick-off of Ministry Health Care’s Mission and Values Week. The funds are donated to Ministry Health Care’s sponsor, The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother in support of their various programs for children and families in the Caribbean.
The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother have been present with multiple programs in the Caribbean since 1960. Today they are serving in the Dominican Republic and on the islands of St. Lucia, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago.
“We always enjoy this collection effort, but it was extra special this year because of the matching funds challenge,” said Dawn Kluever of Ministry Saint Clare’s food and nutrition services who helped coordinate the collection effort.
This year, the money has been earmarked to support the efforts of Sister Corita Ortiz and her food package program in “Hoyo de Bartola,” one of the poorest neighborhoods in Santiago.
Her food packages provide basics like rice, beans and spaghetti to families who live in this area along the river.
“The Sisters have been working for several years to help people in this area,” said Sister Sharee Hurtgen, patient advocate at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital and a member of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. “We are grateful to our staff and visitors in Weston and know their support will allow Sister Corita to provide additional support to these families in need.”
Since opening in 2005, the Spare Change to Sponsor a Child program has collected more than $6,000 to support the Sisters efforts in the Caribbean.