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MHS seniors make generous gift toward COVID-19 relief

‘These kids are pretty cool cats. It is just neat how they think about others and want to help.’

The spring did not go as planned for Moscow High School’s class of 2020. No sports. No concerts and performances. No prom.

They have COVID-19 to thank for that.

When it became clear that there would also be no senior sneak, the class began considering what they would do with the money raised for the annual skip-out day. They decided to give back to their community, making much-needed donations to area food banks and organizations, including $1,000 to Gritman Medical Center’s Emergency Fund in response to COVID-19.

“Normally all of our money goes to the senior sneak, but we knew that would not happen this year, so we thought the best way to help the community during the COVID-19 crisis would be to donate,” MHS senior Sarah Carscallen said. “One of the organizations we picked was Gritman because they are a big supporter of the community and our high school.”

The COVID-19 pandemic and global health emergency has affected everyone, and hospitals, clinics and health systems are not immune. The economic impact was sudden and severe, as elective surgeries and outpatient visits – two of Gritman’s primary sources of income – were canceled practically overnight.

“We are fortunate to live in a generous and supportive community. Many individuals and organizations recognize how critically important health care services are for our region. Everyone at Gritman is so grateful for these gifts of support.” – Gritman CEO and President Kara Besst.

As a private, nonprofit organization, Gritman relies on the revenue generated through its operation and the generosity of donors to sustain its ability to provide health care in the region. Donations like the one given by the MHS class of 2020 to the Gritman Emergency Fund in response to COVID-19 help support Gritman’s emergency operations and to protect critical medical care and essential services provided at the hospital and its clinics.

“We are fortunate to live in a generous and supportive community. Many individuals and organizations recognize how critically important health care services are for our region,” Gritman CEO and President Kara Besst said. “Everyone at Gritman is so grateful for these gifts of support.”

MHS teacher Robin Barnes was not surprised by the generosity of the students.

“It is kind of an unfortunate year for our seniors,” she said. “But when it was determined they were not going to be able to go on a senior sneak, they said, ‘well, now that we have this money raised, how can we spend it?’ They were pretty much unanimous in that they wanted to make donations.

“These kids are pretty cool cats. It is just neat how they think about others and want to help.”

All gifts made to the Gritman Emergency Fund in response to COVID-19 will be dedicated to supporting Gritman’s critical needs and areas of care during the COVID-19 pandemic response. To donate or to learn more about the fund, go to give.gritman.org.