Focus on Fostoria - May1805

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Published on 05/18/05 in the Fostoria Focus
Shrine Club Tabloid Days to come hot off the press

By LEONARD SKONECKI Focus Correspondent

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

This Friday and Saturday, Fostorians might see some news “boys” around town who look a little old to be hawking newspapers.

That’s okay. They are the Fostoria Shrine Club and if you give ’em a donation, they’ll provide you with some interesting reading material.

According to President Jim Hardie, the local Shrine Club is holding its Tabloid Days. People who donate will receive a copy of the Shriners’ paper with information about the Shriners’ Children’s Hospitals. There is no set amount for the donation.

Fostoria Shriners will be at Kroger, Great Scot, Sterling and The Pharm each day.

Here are a few examples of the sorts of things you can read in the Shriners’ paper.

The Shriners operate 22 hospitals in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, four of which are burn centers. Since establishment of the first Shrine hospital in 1922, over three-quarters of a million children have been served at no charge to their families.

Nine million radiological procedures have been performed. Seven million outpatient, outreach and telemedicine visits have been performed. The Shriners have provided 16 million physical therapy treatments and 750,000 surgical procedures.

Ninety-nine percent of all money raised by the Shriners goes directly to the hospitals.

The 2005 budget for the 22 hospitals is $625 million, every dime of which is privately raised by the

Shriners. In their 83 years, Shrine hospitals have provided $7 billion in care for children.

So when you see the Shriners with their papers, give them a donation. Help them help others.