2013-05-02 / Local & State

Shriners Announce Annual Crusade

The members of Jaffa Shrine will once agan be distributing their newspaper style tabloids for the annual Shrine Hospital Crusade on May 17 and 18. The purpose of the hospital crusade is to inform the public throughout Pennsylvania of the healthcare services provided by the Shrine hospitals, according to the potentate of Jaffa Shrine.

The tabloid depicts stories of children from across the state treated in the shriners’ orthopedic and burn hospitals. The tabloids also give instructions on how to contact the Shrine about getting help for a child who has cleft lip or cleft palate, or a crippled or burned child.

This treatment is available to all children up to the age of 18, at the Shriners’ 19 orthopedic and three burn hospitals located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Shriner’s hospitals are open to children regardless of their race, religion, or relationship to a Shriner.

Across North America, Shriners hospitals for Children offer some of the best orthopedic, spinal cord injury rehabilitation and burn care available to children who are in need. Because of the Shrine fraternity’s commitment to the “World’s Greatest Philanthrophy” over the past 80 years, more than 835,000 children have received medical care available at the 22 Shrine hospitals.

The total Shriners hospitals budgets for 2013 is $751 million dollars. The hospitals are able to dedicate 93 percent of their budget for patient care and research.

Jaffa shrines from Blairsville to Lewistown, and from the New York to Maryland state line will be participating in this annual crusade. You will see them at shopping centers, malls, banks, grocery and department stores.

When you see the Shriners out, during crusade weekend, wearing the familiar red fez, be sure to stop and get a free copy of the hospital tabloid. Read about the work of the Shriners hospitals. Then, maybe you will know of a child that is in need of orthopedic or burn care and you can contact the Shriners.

Anyone wishing to make contributions to the Shriners hospitals may do so during crusade weekend or by contacting the Jaffa Shrine at PO Box 1984, Altoona, PA 16603. Individuals or businesses donating $100 or more will receive a beautiful walnut-finished, engraved Shriners Hospital plaque. For more information on the Shriners Hospital call the Jaffa Records Office at 814-944-4043 or 1-800- 523-3211.

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