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Hospitals donate shoes to Uganda

Funwi Tita (second from left), director of Making a Difference International Inc., was presented with donations by Curt Geissler (left), Lakeview Hospital president; Marian Furlong (third from left), president and CEO of Hudson Hospital & Clinics; and Steve Massey (right), president and CEO, Westfields Hospital.

Three hospitals in the St. Croix Valley -- Hudson Hospital & Clinics (Hudson), Lakeview Hospital (Stillwater, Minn.) and Westfields Hospital (New Richmond) -- collaborated to host a shoe drive benefitting Making a Difference International Inc.

MADI is an organization that collects shoes, medical supplies and other supplies for the people of Uganda. It is a first step in enhancing the lives of people in Uganda through education, health and livelihood. Large shoe boxes were available in the lobbies of each hospital where staff, volunteers and visitors could donate new and gently used shoes for people in Africa.

Nearly 1,000 pairs of shoes were presented to Funwi Tita, director of MADI on Wednesday, March 20, at Hudson Hospital. The presentation was done by Marian Furlong, president and CEO, Hudson Hospital & Clinics; Curt Geissler, Lakeview Hospital president; and Steve Massey, president and CEO, Westfields Hospital.

Funwi gave a presentation with photos from his last trip in March and shared how donations like this help so many individuals.

Westfields Hospital, located at 535 Hospital Road in New Richmond, is a full-service hospital offering emergency services, specialty clinics, and maternity services, as well as medical and surgical inpatient and outpatient care. Westfields Hospital is part of the HealthPartners family of care.