For 12 years now, Avera Holy Family Health employees have been donating school supplies to Estherville Lincoln Central.
The school district started working on the project thanks to the donations from Avera Medical Group and the Clinic Spirit Committee. The Clinic Spirit Committee is a small group that takes on projects to help others obtain donations from hospital coworkers and some community members.
"Donna Jan Tindall has been the coordinator for the past 12 years, and she has done an amazing job," according to Lizbeth Ramos, ELC family contact coordinator. "It's a very big project, due to the fact that there are many families who can't afford school supplies for their children, and thanks to this amazing team these children get to start off thir school year with their needed supplies."
Ramos said Upper Des Moines Opportunity has also provided low-income families with school supplies.
"However, this year we teamed up with Upper Des Moines Opportunity to make sure that all the children who need school supplies receive everything they need to start the school year. With every year that goes by, this program expands in many positive ways thanks to the help and generosity of the members of the community."
"On behalf of ELC, I would like to thank the Clinic Spirit Committee, as well as all the members, the community and all agencies that participate in providing the basic needs for these children's education. Special thanks to Donna Tindall for her great work and generosity. I also want to make the community aware that this is not only a program for families of low income; this also includes families who are dealing with rough times. They can apply by stopping at the Upper Des Moines Opportunity office of the Demoney Elementary office," said Ramos.
Ramos said there are 130 ELC children in grades preschool through high school that need help.