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Auxiliary Service Projects

Every year, Mercy's Auxiliary spearheads and participates in a variety of service projects that directly benefit our community.

Hospital Tours for Students

A long-standing tradition at Mercy, tours are used by area teachers as an educational tool for children (generally elementary). Each department visited provides an “expert” to give the students a firsthand explanation of what happens in each department. In addition to the learning that occurs, tours help students feel more comfortable in a hospital environment. Many children say they like X-ray and the cafeteria best! The Auxiliary tour coordinator is responsible for developing the schedule, as well as training tour guides recruited from the membership. Typically, tour “season” is October-April.


Each year, Mercy Auxiliary awards a scholarship in partnership with its sister institution, Mount Mercy College. Applicants must be full time students in their sophomore or junior year with a major in a health-related field.

Children's Art Wall

Area schools and youth organizations are invited to display their artwork in the hallway of Mercy's first floor, between the Tenth Street Lobby and the J. Edward Lundy Pavilion.

Angel Tree

The angels found on Christmas trees in the 10th Street lobby indicate the age and gender of someone who needs a Christmas present. Approximately 1,000 gifts are donated annually to area agencies, helping make a more joyous Christmas for many people of all ages. The committee coordinates the event from contacting the agencies to preparing gifts for pick up.

Hope Blooms

On the designated days in March, the committee distributes daffodils to patients – a symbol of hope. An Auxiliary team coordinates the activity.