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Mercy donates $100,000 - including $5,000 to a Bright Futures program

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Mercy staff is giving back to the community once again.  Physicians and coworkers donated $100,000 with nearly all of the money going to organizations in Joplin, Springfield and Branson.

It's part of a program called Force for Good, which has given nearly $1.5 million to charitable organizations.

$5,000 is going to Jump Start, a Bright Futures program to teach children to identify the needs of the community and how to give back.

"What we look for is a need within the community to serve either the poor, the under-served, or organizations that may treat men, women and children that may need a helping hand," says Sean Smith of Mercy Hospital.

"It was a great surprise when we received a phone call last week letting us know we were a recipient," says Kim Vann of the Joplin School District.

Last year Mercy donated $25,000 to Bright Futures for their Snack Pack program, which helped provide food for children.

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