Ansar Shriner's Circus Returns to Springfield this Weekend

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Springfield - The Ansar Shriners is an organization that helps thousands of kids around the world every year, but on Friday, it was the community who was given a chance to come to the aid of those who have given so much, to so many.

It's the Shriner's temple in downtown Springfield where Shriner's potentate Tim Finks said more than 50 Shriner's clubs come together to raise thousands of dollars for children in need of medical attention each year.

"At this point in time, it looks like they're going to raise over $200,000 for the hospital.  If we didn't have the temple, we wouldn't be able to raise the money for the hospitals that the clubs and units do," Finks told WAND News.

While clowns, elephants. and horses provide kids with entertainment, it's the Shriner's who give children the medical attention that some desperately need, attention that may not have been able to afford otherwise.

"We've got a burn hospital in Cincinnati that's doing a lot of work now with DNA.  They can actually grow skin for a child using their own stem cells," said circus chairman Chuck McEvers.

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