More than a quarter-million dollars Siouxlanders gave to this year's St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network's Weekend of Champions telecast will soon benefit children's health care and community services in a dozen ways.
That's because St. Luke's Health Foundation's Board of Directors this week approved allocation of the $265,131 raised locally in the year long effort. Board members based decisions on recommendations from a committee of volunteers, donors, staff and physicians who reviewed grant requests from staff who work with children.
The board okayed 49 grant requests, giving St. Luke's staff the go-ahead to buy state-of-the-art equipment, finance community education efforts, provide programs and services and attend staff training and education, all to better enable St. Luke's to care for children in the hospital and throughout the Siouxland community.
"We're excited to be able to do so much to enhance health care for children in ways that wouldn't be possible without the caring hearts of so many Siouxlanders who support our cause," said Terry Lockie, CMN volunteer chairperson.
"Whether they contributed $1 to us through a raffle or special event, or sent us a check for $100 after watching a moving story on the telecast," said Locke, "our supporters should know that their gifts allow us to do a better job caring for the children they love. Thanks to CMN gifts, we can provide more medical expertise to children hospitalized at St. Luke's or here for outpatient procedures. Beyond that we are able to bring all children educational messages about nutrition, the dangers of smoking, burn and poison prevention and other wellness messages that can help them make better choices and live healthier lives."
As has been the trend since St. Luke's joined CMN in 1989, a majority of the money - $177,205 or 67 percent - will go for equipment, 26 grant requests. Fifteen percent ($38,800) will go for eight requests in the community education category; 11 percent ($30,456) to fund nine requests for programs and services; and 7 percent ($18,670) for six staff education requests.
For more information about St. Luke's CMN, call coordinator Christie Finnegan at 712-279-3295.