Don Beverly, president of Don’s Trucking Company of Chester is showing support to the Shriners Hospitals for Children by placing signs on the back of his trailers. These signs give information on how the Shriners can be contacted if there is a child who is in need of help. Mrs. Bonnie Kraft, an employee of the company was instrumental in setting up the relationship with Mr. Beverly and the Shriners. Since the trucks travel throughout Virginia and neighboring states, it will be most helpful getting the word out about the services offered by the hospitals.
Boyd Griggs, Potentate of Acca Shrine Center and two local patients of the hospitals, Carlos and Milagros and their mom and dad, James and Terry Cavet, went to the location of the company to thank Beverly and his employees for their support. Carlos and Milagros are this year’s ambassadors for Acca Shrine Center in Richmond. After a picture taking session, it was apparent that it was an enjoyable event for everyone.
Shrine Hospitals treat orthopedic problems, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. There are currently over 400 local children attending Shriners Hospitals. They normally go either to the hospital in Greenville, South Carolina or to the Philadelphia Hospital in Pennsylvania. Burn cases normally go to the Cincinnati Hospital in Ohio. But each case is reviewed individually and the patient is sent to one of the 22 hospitals that can best treat the child. Normally the parent(s) or guardian is responsible for transporting the patient to the hospital. When there is a situation where transportation is not available, the Shriners have two vans, driven by members, that regularly go to either Greenville or Philadelphia and on occasion to Cincinnati.
Shriners have a long history of community outreach and addressing health problems of children.
Children under the age of 18, with a reasonable possibility that the condition can be improved by the specialty care provided, are eligible. Once admitted, all services are provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
The Shriners are a group that enjoys fun and fellowship, but they never lose focus on the care of the children by their hospitals. With an operating budget of $761 million for 2014, members are constantly working to help raise the necessary funds to continue helping children. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Shriners Hospitals relies heavily on incredibly generous donors – including the Shriners themselves – corporations and the general public to carry out their mission. Donations are tax-deductible.
If you know of a child Shriners Hospitals may be able to help, talk to a Shriner or call 1-800-237-5055, which is the Shrine Headquarters in Tampa, Florida or contact our local Shrine Center at 804-264-0509.
Contributed by Larry Koon