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Anonymous donor saves Ellsworth free clinic

ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An anonymous donor has stepped forward to help keep the Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic open.

Just a month ago, the clinic thought it might have to close in August due to lack of funds. This week, the clinic received a grant of $25,000, which is enough to keep its doors open until at least the end of the year, according to staff.

The Maine Community Foundation organized the grant, but the source of the money remains a secret, even to the clinic's staff.

The clinics' doctors are volunteers, but bills for utilities, rent, supplies and part time pay for the three office assistants adds up. Linda Firlotte-Grindle, a long time office coordinator at the clinic, expressed gratitude toward the donor on Tuesday.

"You're a life saver and we can't thank you enough! It's just been wonderful! We still will fund raise, we still will write grants, but we can take a deep breath and organize ourselves a little bit and not have to be in such a rush," Firlotte-Grindle said.

The clinic currently serves more than 500 uninsured patients and relies on donations to continue that service. If you would like to donate, you can do so calling the Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic at 207-667-7953.