Shriners announce annual Hospital Crusade

The members of Jaffa Shrine will distribute their newspaper-style tabloids for the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children Crusade on May 26 and 27.

The purpose of the hospital crusade is to inform the public throughout Pennsylvania of the health care services provided by the Shriners hospitals, according to the potentate of Jaffa Shrine in Altoona.

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 U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Shriners 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 Philanthropy” over the past 80 years, more than 835,000 children have received medical care available at the 22 Shriners hospitals.

The total Shriners Hospitals budget for 2017 is $879 million.

The hospitals are able to dedicate

93 percent of their budget for patient care and research.

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

Anyone wishing to make contributions to the Shriners Hospitals may do so during crusade weekend or by contacting the Jaffa Shrine at P.O. Box 1984, Altoona, PA 16603.

Individuals or businesses donating $100 or more will receive a walnut finished engraved Shriners Hospitals Plaque.

For more information on the Shriners Hospitals, call the Jaffa Recorders Office at 944-4043 or