FLORENCE, S.C. — Mercy Medicine received nearly $10,000 in donations on May 22-23.

"It's been a very lucrative 24 hours here for us," said Wayne Jackson, executive director for Mercy Medicine.

On the evening of May 22, Leadership Florence donated $5,873 to the free clinic, money raised at the class' annual fundraiser — this year it was an oyster roast at the Florence Center.

on the morning of May 23, it was a check for $4,000 from the Medical University of South Carolina Health Florence Medical Center — money raised at its Health Women event earlier this year.

"Our last healthy women event we had a wonderful speaker who was also a faith-based speaker and we thought it would be appropriate to donate any of our proceeds to Mercy Medicine," said Costa Cockfield, the chief nursing officer at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center.

The Keep Believing with Dawn Smith Jordan event raised money through several channels, including community sponsorships, said Morgan Holley with the Healthy Women program.

"Every dime of this will be used in the most judicious and compassionate way possible," Jackson said after he was handed the MUSC foam-board check.

Jackson said the clinic doesn’t receive any revenue from its patients, insurance or federal programs. He said it relies solely on funds from grants, generous donations from private individuals, organizations such as United Way, local hospitals and corporate sponsors.

He said last year the clinic saw 413 patients and had more than 2,000 patient visits.

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