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River Falls Hospital receives nearly a quarter ton of Halloween candy

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 11/05/2015

Schoolchildren from River Falls, Ellsworth, Spring Valley and Roberts donated an impressive 474 pounds of treats in this year's Halloween Candy Collection.

Five schools took part in the contest to collect the most pounds of candy per student: St. Bridget Parish School (River Falls), Spring Valley Elementary, St. Croix Central (Roberts) and St. Francis and Hillcrest elementary schools (both Ellsworth).

Candy collected onsite at the schools was brought to River Falls Area Hospital and after a weighing and sorting party on Wednesday (Nov. 4), the winner was declared as St. Bridget Parish School, which scooped the reward of $250 and a Health Powered Kids prize pack for collecting 124 pounds of candy donated by a student body of 179 (0.69 pounds per child).

"Of course, all of the students are winners in this contest, not only because the candy they donated going to troops overseas, but also because Allina Health is donating $1 to local food shelves for each pound donated," said Heather Logelin, director of community engagement at River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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