Claremore Daily Progress

January 22, 2014

Helping the Helpers

Davita Claremore donates $1,000 to Good Samaritan Ministry

Mark Friedel
Staff Writer

CLAREMORE — DaVita Claremore Dialysis Center representatives donated $1,000 Thursday to the Good Samaritan Ministry, Inc.

Annually, DaVita Claremore nominates a non-profit organization to receive a donation on behalf of the clinic, said Facility Administrator Brandi Payne.

“Good Samaritan Ministry is a great organization that serves our community,” said Payne. “As far as our clinic, we serve patients in Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties, and we have patients who have utilized Good Samaritan for assistance.”

Good Samaritan Ministry has served Rogers County as a food and clothing pantry since 1996. Each resident in need, who comes through GSM doors, receives one-on-one counseling, free clothing and some financial assistance, said Co-Director Linda Childers.

Financial assistance includes utility help with a past due notice, as well as, prescription help for non-narcotic medication. A maximum of $35 is given to those in need once every six months.

Emergency groceries are provided to clients in three to five day supplies, once every 60 days.

The ministry became incorporated in 2004. Today, GSM provides help to nearly 3,000 residents in Rogers County. Every item is given through donations and all sales are by donation, said Childers.

“To receive such a large donation at one time is something special. We are very appreciative of DaVita’s generosity and support of our efforts within the community,” she said.

DaVita is the dialysis division of Davita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500 company, and is a leading provider of kidney care in the U.S.

For more information about DaVita Claremore Dialysis Center, located at 202 East Blue Starr Drive, call (918) 342-1119.

For information about Good Samaritan Ministry or ways to get involved, call (918) 343-4357. Good Samaritan Ministry is located on the corner of Faith Lane and South Highway 88.