February 10, 2011 - Memorial Health Foundation, Donors Make a Difference.Giving Back to Your Community
Memorial Health System (Marietta Memorial Hospital, Selby General Hospital, Glenwood Retirement Community and Harmar Place Rehabilitation & Extended Care) touches more families at critical times than any other local organization. As you prioritize your charitable giving this year, please put Memorial Health system at the top of your list.
No matter the amount, your dollars and cents count. Every dollar donated to Memorial Health System stays in our community and helps improve health care services for our families and neighbors.
How are My Donations Used?
As a community owned, not-for-profit health system, we provide top quality, compassionate care to everyone in need, regardless of ability to pay. Memorial Health System is one of our region’s most valuable assets, serving area families in their times of greatest need every day since 1929.
Why Should I Give?
For improving local care and keeping the dollars in our community, we need a strong health care system. Please keep Memorial Health System at the top of your giving priorities.
When you or someone you love is ill, you expect and deserve the finest care possible. The ability of Memorial Health System to offer the extra measure, to be truly effective and caring, depends on the voluntary contributions of our friends.
Every gift, no matter the size, is important. We understand the meaning of community. We know how many important projects have been started and completed with the combined strength of neighbors working together.
A Donor Perspective
Karen Richter has worked as a purchasing clerk in the materials management department at Marietta Memorial Hospital for nearly 10 years. Through the years Karen, like many Memorial Health System employees, has been a dedicated supporter of the Memorial Health Foundation.
Karen is part of a strong culture of giving at MHS, but her commitment began at a young age and extends beyond the workplace to all areas of her life. “When my kids were little, I tried to install in them the desire to help others; it was something my parents did with me.” For many years Karen and her family have supported the Toys for Tots program during the holidays. “I would take my children to Toys “R” Us and ask before we went in – did they want to choose gifts for themselves or for others? Without pause my kids always chose others in need…we didn’t need bags or gift receipts, we’d go from cart to payment, to dropping our whole purchase in the Toys for Tots barrels. We’d walk out empty handed, but happy in the thought that a little boy or girl will have a nice Christmas.” Karen added that even as adults, her children always ask that she take some of the money she would spend on them and buy gifts for the Toys for Tots program.
Like most of us, Karen’s capacity to give has fluctuated throughout the years, but she is quick to point out that actions and time are just as valuable as money when there is a need, and that there are so many other ways to provide support when money is tight.
How to Donate
It’s time we all think differently about our dollars and cents. If you would like to donate or become involved with the Memorial Health Foundation, please visit our website at www.mmhospital.org/foundation or call Memorial Health Foundation at (740) 374-4913.