In an effort to support National Burn Awareness Week February 6-11, 2011, we are fortunate to have local firefighters, from the S.A.F.E. (Safety and Fire Education) program visit Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield, Mass. This visit has been an annual event for 15 years with many firefighters teaching countless patients and families life saving burn awareness tips in a fun way. The hospital appreciates the education provided to our patients through demonstrations, handouts and age appropriate interactions.¬†
On February 9th, fifteen firefighters, (representing 11 local towns) Tiller-a one year old Dalmation, Smokey the Bear and Sparky the¬†Fire Dog¬†interacted with patients in the hospital’s outpatient department.¬† Pictures provided by Neil Hawley and Dennis Ledger of the Springfield FD and Owen Kelly, C.O.A.L. computer technician.
Pictured from L-R are Laurie Rocco, Palmer; Jan Thornton, Ludlow; Tiller, Springfield; Mike Richard, Springfield; Jason Dorval, Granby/Whately; Joe Sieracki, Jr., Easthampton; Jordan Lemieux (Smokey), Holyoke; Evan Briant (Sparky), South Hadley; Katie Collins-Kalbaugh, Chicopee; Maria Pelchar, Holyoke; Bill Judd, South Hadley; Greg Whither, Amherst; Jim Martinez, Ware; Gil Loud, Amherst and Ally Morean. Hiding behind Bill Judd is Kelly Kelly from the Springfield Head Start Program.
This week was the kick-off of our annual Burn Awareness campaign. The campaign runs all year and the materials available will be useful throughout the year. Take advantage of the complimentary educational materials offered and share the information with your friends and families. In addition to items for children, tip sheets and brochures are available for parents and lesson plans for teachers.¬†
Safety begins at home.¬† www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/BurnAwareness/About
Today¬†a Google alert for Shriners Hospitals for Children showed the following blog:¬†The Lucky Cast Club. As quoted from the header,¬†”This blog was created by parents with children who have infantile scoliosis. Many of our children are in treatment using Derotational Casts in many forms, from many centers. This was created to share our stories, triumphs and tribulations.” This down-to-earth blog talks about caring for a child while undergoing treatment on an outpatient basis. We appreciate the parent who posted on February 4, 2011, about¬†our hospitals’¬†starting to accept third party pay.
Did you know that can tabs removed from soda and beer cans have value in addition to the nickel received for recycling a can in some States? Why does the tab have value? The tab is pure aluminum and the can is not. Collecting aluminum tabs and recycling them with a scrap metal recycler is an ideal way to raise money for a charitable cause.
Such was the birth twenty-two years ago of the Aluminum Can Tab Collection and Recycling Project to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. To date well over 1 billion tabs have been donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield, Mass by individuals, schools, scouts, churches, businesses and community groups.
The donated tabs are put into barrels and taken to a local scrap metal recycler where the tabs are weighed by the pound. (A pound of tabs is roughly 1,640 tabs). The recycler issues a check based on the current market value of a pound of aluminum. The money received from the recycling of the tabs is then used to purchase medical and non-medical items to benefit the patients at the hospital.
If you are wondering what happens to the actual tabs ‚Äď the recycler sorts and packages the aluminum by alloy and sells it to an aluminum refinery where it is melted and used in the fabrication of auto parts. It‚Äôs possible the aluminum tabs you donated to Shriners Hospital may be in the car you are driving in today.¬†
If you or someone you know is interested in collecting tabs to benefit Shriners Hospital, please call 413.755.2307. Tabs can be mailed or dropped off at the following locations:
Shriners Hospitals for Children¬ģ
516 Carew Street
Springfield, MA 01104