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(HOWARD, SD) – Throughout November, first grade students at St. Agatha Catholic Church are collecting their coins for a worthy cause. As a way to give thanks and show generosity, the students chose to gift their spare change to the Horizon Health Foundation to support rural patients across South Dakota.

“St Agatha first grade students are so excited to collect money for Giving Tuesday,” said Annie Reisch, first grade teacher. “We have been talking in class about the good things we can do to help people, and this project has been a lot of fun.”

Horizon Health Foundation raises funds for Horizon Health Care patients at their 22 medical clinics and eight dental clinics across South Dakota. The organization serves over 28,000 patients in rural and underserved communities.

“These students have shown it’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving,” said Tracy Pardy, Executive Director of the Horizon Health Foundation, “Their simple act of collecting coins for good throughout the month is inspiring as they are living proof of cheerful givers.”

The Horizon Health Foundation joins many other organizations in celebrating Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. On Giving Tuesday, November 29th, the Foundation will be hosting Pancakes for Patients, a free-will donation community pancake feed at the American Legion in Howard, South Dakota. Anyone is welcome to enjoy food, fellowship, and support patients from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To further support Horizon patients and clinics, individuals can join Club 22 in giving a $22 per month gift to the Horizon Health Foundation. By joining Club 22, you can save patient lives, be entered into the Cancun All-Inclusive Raffle for 2, and unlock $1,000 in matching funds for your community, thanks to SDN Communication’s and its members’ $22,000 lead matching gift. For more information on how you can spread generosity, please visit

About Horizon Health Foundation

The Horizon Health Foundation was established in 2016 to ensure rural health care access to those in need and provide funding for Horizon Health Care. Horizon Health Foundation, a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, seeks through responsible activities to encourage and derive sustaining gift support from current and former patients and interested friends, including corporate entities. The Horizon Health Foundation, operating in coordination with Horizon Health Care, is the duly designated fundraising arm for Horizon Health Care.  In the broadest sense, the purpose of the Foundation is to create an awareness of the financial needs of Horizon Health Care, which are not provided by patient charges and to systematically implement plans by which dollar needs can be met.

About Horizon Health Care

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and behavioral health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information, please visit