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From UMMC Public Affairs

Make a donation by Tuesday, April 30, dubbed Giving TWOsday, to help transform the state’s only children’s hospital, and your donation will make twice the impact.

Gifts made to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi through April 30 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $250,000, thanks to a pledge from an anonymous donor.

“We are so grateful for this gift, which will enable all gifts to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi to go twice as far,” said Dr. Mary Taylor, Suzan B. Thames Chair, professor and chair of Pediatrics. “Our donors, working together, can multiply the impact of their gifts.”

To help spread the word about this opportunity, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his wife Abby, honorary chairs of the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, filmed a video to share online and in social media.

“Thanks to a generous donor, every gift … will be matched, dollar for dollar,” Eli Manning said.

Launched in 2016, the campaign has raised more than $72 million in philanthropy to help complete the seven-story hospital tower. Sanderson Farms CEO and board chairman Joe Sanderson Jr. and his wife, Kathy, chairs of the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, started the $100 million drive with a personal gift of $10 million.

The $180 million expansion will include 88 private neonatal intensive care rooms, 10 surgical suites, additional space for pediatric intensive care, an imaging center designed for children and an outpatient specialty clinic with a parking garage nearby.

The tower, which will more than double the square footage dedicated to pediatric care at UMMC, will move from its current structural phase to interior finishing this summer. The expansion is set to open in fall 2020.

“Challenge your teammate, partner or sidekick to give,” Eli Manning said. “Make a gift today … and help us get a win for the children of Mississippi.”

To make a donation for Giving TWOsday and double the impact of your gift, visit the donation website or call (601) 984-2300. To keep up with the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, visit

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