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LetterToTheEditor — Shriners continue to help children

Dear Editor:

The Shriners’ greatest philanthropy is the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Shriners work hard to make sure our hospitals are there for the children that need help with orthopedic and burn problems. Without these state-of-the-art hospitals, many children would not be able to have the treatment they need to live and be active as young children and adults. The Shriner’s hospitals provide medical treatment, free of charge, to the patients and families for all their hospital needs. Kerbela Shriners provide services to children in 17 counties in and around Knox County.

We have a yearly paper sale to raise money to transport these children to and from the hospitals. We transport around 1,700 children yearly on an annual budget of $250,000. We also support the three hospitals to which we send all of our children from the surrounding areas. We have two orthopedic hospitals, one in Lexington, Ky., and the other in Greenville, S.C., and the burn hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. We have 22 Shrine hospitals throughout North America with a cost of $1.5 million a day.

Our paper sale week will be May 10 through May 16. The Shriners will be asking for donations for the papers. We want to thank the businesses in Farragut for their generous donations to our Shrine paper sale to raise money for a noble cause. We also want to thank the stores in the area, Kroger’s, Ingle’s, and Wal-Mart, etc., for letting the Shriners stand in front of their businesses and sell papers during this time. We have had a Shrine club on Olive Street in Concord for many years and several hundred Shriners live in the west end of Knoxville. We are there if you need us to help a child with orthopedic or burn problems. We offer these services to children from birth up to 18 years of age.

The Shrine center will be holding a screening clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, at 315 Mimosa Ave. next to Baptist Hospital. If you know of any child that the Shriners can help, the doctors would love to see them on this date. You can call the Shrine center at 573-1901 for more information. I want to thank all of the people in the Farragut area; without your support and donations, we could not fund these hospitals for children. May God bless this great country and the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Fraternally yours,

Ray Skiles Jr., Potentate

Kerbela Shriners


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