Missouri's lumberjack association gives largest donation to MU\'s Children Hospital

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COLUMBIA - The Missouri Forest Products Association and the Missouri Logging Council will give $50,000 to the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) organization for MU's Women and Children's Hospital. 

Over the years, including 2017, the Missouri logging organization has given more than $100,000 to CMN.

Mark McCarthy, the certification and education manager for Missouri Forest Products Association said the logging organizations receive donations for the children from people in the community. 

"It came from hardworking people who were just able to work together to put money together," McCarthy said. 

Each year, logging communities throughout the country, give donations to CMN hospitals who organize the fundraiser "Log a Load for Kids".

Missouri's lumberjack community usually gives $10,000 per year.

Kristen Fritschie, the event coordinator for CMN said she is thrilled that the logging association decided to give five times more than their usual donation. 
"I'm excited because I know it will help the children," Fritschie said. "I'm not a doctor or a nurse, so I can't contribute health wise, but I can do my part through this fundraiser and help save childrens' lives."
McCarthy said the logging community's donations go far beyond the amount of money given. 
"We want to keep giving as long as we can," McCarthy said. "It's not really a dollar amount because what it boils down to is we get a chance to help people, and continue to help people."
MU offers 30 different specialties for kids care. 
Fritschie said the lumberjack organizations donation will go to a number of things in the MU's Children Hospital. 
McCarthy said he knows the MU's Children Hospital needs the logging organization's support.
"I think a lot of people forget that children hospitals really rely on donations and community support," McCarthy said. "We get to be apart of this community and show how much we really care about the kids."