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Victory Mission Gets Help From St. John's Clinic

A large gift from St. John's Clinic to Springfield Victory Mission will help needy children going back to school. Michele Skalicky reports.

More needy kids in Southwest Missouri will be going back to school in style thanks to a donation by St. John's Clinic.

Clinic physicians and staff presented a $75,000 check to Springfield Victory Mission this afternoon.

Jim Harriger is executive director of Victory Mission

With the $75,000 donation, Victory Mission will provide 5000 children in the Ozarks with backpacks, new school supplies, books, thrift store clothing and a $20 voucher for new clothing purchases.

Donn Sorensen, St. John's Clinic chief operating officer, says their original goal was to raise $50,000. Dr. Teresa Olsen, an internist at St. John's Clinic, says she and her co-workers continue to try to recognize where there's a need and then work to fill that need.

School supplies will be distributed to 2500 Springfield area children August 14th at the 18th annual Back to School Event. Another 2500 children will be served in other communities including Aurora, Berryville, Lebanon, Mountain View and Rockaway Beach, because of the money raised by St. John's Clinic physicians and staff.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.