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Donors Give $1.65 Million for Children's Care at Mercy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Three generous gifts are combining to make a big difference for children and families across the Ozarks.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Three generous gifts are combining to make a big difference for children and families across the Ozarks.

Mercy Health Foundation announced today that, on the heels of a $2 million gift last year, local self-made millionaire Bobby Allison has increased his contribution by another $650,000.

According to a statement by Mercy, a tour through the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) led to his initial donation.

Allison always pays tribute to his mother when he makes a donation.

"It's not really a gift from me. It's a gift to me. I get a lot more out of it than I put in - than I could ever put in," he said in the statement. "I just can't say enough about her - that's why I put it up on walls."

After 19-year-old Christy Eggers was killed in a car crash when another driver crossed the center line and hit her head-on, her father, Charles, took the money that was in her checking account and the insurance payment and began investing it. He's made enough to give a gift of $500,000.

"This is what we're donating - not my money,” said Eggers in the statement. “It was her money that we worked over 40 years to get. She babysat a lot and she loved kids and that's what we wanted to do - use her money to help children in the hospital."

The Mercy Health Auxiliary is made up of volunteers who do everything from making deliveries to patients to answering questions and giving directions.

They also help run the gift shop and coordinate various fundraisers. All that work is paying off with a gift of $500,000 to Mercy's Family Resource Center, which runs educational programs like childbirth classes for expectant parents.

The east wing of Mercy Hospital Springfield is currently undergoing renovations as it converts to a pediatric hospital. The Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center, a St. Jude affiliate clinic, has already relocated to the first floor. A kid-friendly café and gift shop are also finished. Completion of the building's exterior is set for later this fall.



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