Two Laredo nonprofits received a joint donation of $ 30,000


Two local charities received a large donation Wednesday from a healthcare company that understandably saw community organizations struggle amid the pandemic.

As part of their Committed to Community initiative, Midwest Sterilization Corporation distributed $ 15,000 in donations to both the Sacred Heart Children’s Home and Laredo’s Mercy Ministries. Company officials personally went to both organizations to deliver the checks.

“Mercy Ministries of Laredo and the Mercy Clinic are surprised and honored to be worthy of the precious financial resources of the Midwest Sterilization Corporation,” said Sister María Luisa Vera, RSM, president of Mercy Ministries of Laredo.

Laredo’s Mercy Ministries will use the money donated for their medical services to the public.

“Mercy is not a free clinic,” Vera said. “The clinic looks after adult female and male patients who have no health insurance coverage. Financial screening is carried out for each potential patient. Every eligible patient is asked to contribute financially according to his income and the number of dependents. “

“For some patients, paying $ 5 or $ 10 is more than they can afford. If they require diagnostic tests beyond the capabilities of the Mercy Clinic, the patient will be referred to a local private service facility, which will incur additional costs for the patient. The money will be used for the area in which our patients are most urgently needed. “

Vera credits Sister Rosemary Welsh – the manager of Casa de Misericordia – for making sure the donation arrives.

“The Midwest Sterilization Corporation made a generous donation to Casa de Misericordia a few weeks ago,” said Vera. “Sister Rosemary Welsh, executive director of Casa de Misericordia, happened to mention that she wears two hats in the Mercy Ministries of Laredo – she is the director of outreach services for the Mercy Clinic and … resources. And so it came to this donation of 15,000 US dollars. “

With its own check for US $ 15,000, Sacred Heart Children’s Home will use its funds to meet the general needs of the children they care for, as the past year has been financially tough for the organization. However, they did not expect the money and were very happy about the donation.

“At first we were very surprised to be told that we would receive it, but it was a good feeling of surprise because it is very useful for the children’s home and we are very grateful for the donation,” said Sister Maria Isidra Valdez from the Sacred Heart Children’s Home. “These funds are generally used for what is most important to the organization.”

According to Valdez, they never asked for the donation as they just got a call to get it.

“These two organizations have seen much higher demand for services over the past year and have not been able to run fundraisers as they have in the past,” said AB Barrera, public relations representative for Midwest Sterilization Corporation. “These contributions will help them continue their mission of serving the people in our community. We look forward to helping you.”

Both organizations also stated how much the pandemic hit them individually.

“Like so many other health care providers in Laredo, we had additional costs for materials, equipment and personnel,” said Vera. “We limited non-essential personal visits and carried out virtual visits. These visits were free. The behavioral medical advisors and counselors are free of charge for patients. Some of our patients have high levels of anxiety and depression and it is very understandable why this is the case. “

Valdez also pointed out the difficulties of being completely isolated for the children and the fact that the virus prevented them from receiving donations from the community.

“The pandemic has affected us very much as we had to make a lot of changes,” said Valdez. “The saddest part is that we had to reduce the number of children in the organization to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It was a big change as we also had to adjust to virtual learning as the kids could only stay in one specific area which was difficult and (at) more cost than all we need for the plumbing. “

Valdez explains that the organization also had to add laundry detergent and antibacterial gel dispensers to ensure hygiene was optimal across the organization. The Sacred Heart Children’s Home also saw a decline in community donations such as clothing and even furniture as they were unable to accept anything from the public for over a year due to the virus.

Valdez says they were able to survive the pandemic simply thanks to other large organizations in the area that helped them directly, like United Way, but that wasn’t enough to cover all of the expenses they incurred during the pandemic.

“We needed more help, but we were never left alone because United Way has been helping us all along. So we always had the basic things that we hold onto before the pandemic, ”said Valdez. “We always stick to our budget.

“We are very grateful to Midwest Sterilization for this grant surprise, and we thank God for this, knowing that we will receive these blessings through God.”

Vera states that amid the ongoing pandemic, her fundraising efforts will continue, even though they may be different than before.

“Our fundraising drives continue,” said Vera. “We have a full-time development manager who writes grants, manages the Support Mercy Program – which is monthly donations from private donors – creates fundraising events and other opportunities. We are blessed with many people who have a connection with the Sisters of Mercy and who have supported our missions in Laredo and Webb Counties for years. We also know that it is our responsibility to add to our list of donors and not rely on the same people over and over again. No donation is too small. 25 dollars help pay for a mammogram or help pay for diabetic test strips. “

Vera states that donations can be sent directly to Laredo’s Mercy Ministries at 2500 Zacatecas Street or by visiting to contribute online. For more information, please contact Diana Rossell Granados, Director of Development at 956-721-7408 or email [email protected]

For information on Sacred Heart, call 956-723-3343.

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