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      Quarter Mile Campaign generates more than $17,000 in donations

      Hospice of Northeast Missouri announces it has raised more than $17,000 in its mile of quarters campaign.

      The campaign ended July 20, after the hospice decided to extend the campaign on July 11.

      The goal was to raise one mile of quarters or $15,840, but organizers said they have surpassed that goal by a long shot; a generous Kirksville donor is one of the reasons the campaign went over goal.

      "After we announced that we were at the half mile, a generous community individual came in and handed a check for $8,000 in memory of his family," said Executive Director Stephanie Byrum. "We were just ecstatic and he wanted to help out the local community and that was his way of giving back."

      The donations will go towards helping the uninsured and the under-insured.

      "This money is going to provide support through nursing visits, social work visits, chaplain visits, aids," said Byrum. It's going to provide essential medications to the families, essential equipment and supplies that they will be able to use to help their loved ones remain comfortable, have dignity, and stay at home in a place they call home during their last days."

      The hospice will also be accepting donations Saturday, July 28, at the Hy-Vee store in Kirksville from 11 a.m. until noon. Hy-Vee will match whatever hospice officials collect.

      Here is a link to the previous story.