Hundreds of kids are going back to school with a new backpack full of necessary supplies to get them prepped for learning, thanks to a generous donation from the Saint Mary’s Foundation.
Browning Claytor Health Center, one of Mercy Health’s primary care offices located in the Madison Square neighborhood, partnered with radio station WCSG in Grand Rapids to distribute 140 of the 240 total backpacks collected. WCSG distributed the backpacks to Link Learning in the Alger Heights neighborhood for high schoolers, and Dickinson Academy for kindergarten through eighth graders. The additional 100 backpacks were distributed to patients in the Browning Claytor Health Center.
“Now more than ever we know that there is a need in our community especially for our school-aged children who have faced numerous challenges and disruptions both at home and in academics because of the pandemic,” said Ashley Kitler, practice leader at Browning Claytor Health Center. “We are so happy that the Saint Mary’s Foundation made this generous donation so we are able to start these kids’ school year off without the worry or need of gathering new supplies.”
Browning Claytor Health Center serves a diverse population of patients including but not limited to African American, Hispanic, Vietnamese, refugees, patients who are homeless, and patients who struggle with financial hardships. The practice offers health care needs in the neighborhood under Trinity Health’s mission: ‘We serve together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within our communities.’
Browning Claytor has four physicians on staff, all of whom are accepting new patients. Aside from general health screenings and check-ups, the center offers several additional services onsite including a laboratory, a Community Health worker to assist with any DHHS needs, transportation, prescriptions or any additional family needs.