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New-Gen    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:03:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
We see them out putting on a show every chance they get, but are they really that much of a charitible orginazation?
Does anybody have any stories about them helping?
Or not helping?
And before I get accused of going off half cocked, let me be the first to say that I really don't know much about them.....that's why I'm asking...

Augie    Posted 02-21-2005 at 12:56:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My lil nephew was born with two real bad club feets.

It took six or seven surgeries over a period of several years to fix the deformities. He was in orthopedic shoes and braces for a coupla years after the last surgery.

Shriners paid every penny. Close to a quarter mil by the time everything was said and done.

SusieQ    Posted 02-21-2005 at 15:07:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our Shriner lodges here try to put brochures in just about every clinic, doctor's offices, they do wonderful things in orthopedics, and even to schooling children up to age 16 when confined to their hosp for any surgical procedures.

My uncle was a shriner, mason as my father. So know that once you contact a shriner, they will do all to help families that simply do not have the money nor insurance. Many wonderful things have come about with help of the Shriners.

MikeT    Posted 02-21-2005 at 12:11:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had a young girl in our part of the country that got horribly burned once on her upper body and face. My dad tried to get the parents to let her go to a Shriner burn hospital. Even had hospital officials fly in and look at her. They told the parents that it was all free and they would be provided a place to stay nearby with living expenses or the parents could fly up once a week to see her, all at Shriner expense.

The parents would have nothing to do with it. Dad tried to get a court order, but the court judge said they could do nothing. My dad was extremely upset over the whole affair and it took him quite a while to get over it. The girl lived, but was scarred for life. They moved away about a year later and never did get any kind of treatment for the girl.

My dad wasn't a Shriner but was a 32nd degree Mason.

SusieQ    Posted 02-22-2005 at 03:22:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Mike T, so wasn't my father, and my uncle a 32nd degree mason, we grew up with faternal orgs in our community, Rainbow for Girls, DeMolay for Boys, and Order of Eastern Star. Our town has a masonic temple that was built in 1917.

Mind you we belonged to the Rainbow for Girls be-fore OES, this was before cable tv, videos, CDs, DVDs, computers being available. We grew up in country, went to church , and my folks were associated with lodge and activities. life has changed now thru the years and the oncoming of computers. And my mom will get her 50 year pin for OES in 2006 of being a member. Great.

hollie    Posted 02-21-2005 at 10:18:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's probley dangerous to post BEFORE i read the other comments...but....we had a son born in 1983 with spinal bifida...he lived to be 15 months...yes we had insurance...but with the birth defect and related problems, the bills really mounted up...friends of us suggested we contact shriners....we did....they said no....why? i asked? well, we had insurance, we were MARRIED (like that should of made a difference) and my husband was employed....what a to say...when we see them on a corner with a bucket in their hand and that stupid hat on with the fringe...i walk right on by....i have no use for them......

oslo    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:48:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
At last count the Shriner's owned and operated 11 hospitals and 2 Burn Hospitals. If you know of a child who is physically handicapped call a Shriner or call a Shriner's Temple. About the only questions asked are is that person a child and he must be under a doctor's care. They will drive or fly, at no charge, to the hospital and will treat that child until nothing further can be done.

As for seeing them in parades, These are a bunch of men riding horses, cycles, etc doing their bit to collect money and act like a child themselves. The cost of all that you see at a parade is paid for by the Shriner himself.

The Shrine is not political, as an organization.

They don't talk about Mason's because they have anything to hide. hth

deadcarp    Posted 02-21-2005 at 10:29:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
the shriners charge the c&c about $300/display for a parade. we had the bikes, go-carts & pipe organ and they ran about $1000 this year. bands charge about the same if they march.

they've been there my whole life & shriners as a rule aren't poor - suzn had polio and went to sister kenny for a year when she was young - shriners covered every penny.

Mike in tn    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:45:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
They have done many, many great things and have helped alot of people. Most of what they do is not known to the general public. They are just trying to help people. All is done by people that give their time. Even the Doctors do it for free. A great organization. The only people that will ever blast them, is someone that doesn't really know what all they do.

hollie    Posted 02-21-2005 at 10:23:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
i'm not blasting them...i just know what they told Vernon and i...said as long as there was means for THIS child (meaning ours) they would rather use their funds for kids who had no help....we lived in Moberly Mo. at the we just kept on taking Josh to the University Hospital in Columbia till he died......and then the hosptial wrote off the bill.....

Ron/PA    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:40:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are one of the few charitable organizations that actually advertise for kids to help. At no cost, and no obligation of repayment.

midway    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:14:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
check this site

Yep    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:10:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know anything about their politics or religious affiliation but they have helped thousands of children through their Crippled Children's Fund. Good orginization......gfp

midway    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:09:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
They have a "Burn" hospital in Boston, take care of children who have been burnt real bad. It's all free to them. I believe they have a couple more hospitals in the USA, which are free to the patients.

Hogman    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:23:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
In a word so's ta speak, "a bunch of screwballs actin like nitwits, doin a whole lot of Gods work!" Bless'em all,each and every!

Ron/PA    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:29:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heyyyy, I resemble that remark! LOL

HOGUSTUS...Yeah,it shows!    Posted 02-21-2005 at 10:43:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guess Your just stuck with it....Heee Hee

Little Girl, extended Family who I loved dearly, fell slaming Her Face into the Grill of a very hot floor furnace........time those "screwball nitwits" got done with Her there was no sign of disfigurement at all.Indeed wonderfull People.God bless'em

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