Letters to the Editor

Published 6:38 pm Tuesday, December 3, 2002

By Staff
I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Coalition for a Healthier Escambia County, to inform the people of our county and this entire area, of a need for transportation for many of our children. Every week a child in our county is identified as high risk or critically ill and in need of being transported to a specialty hospital or other health care provider has no way to get there. The Coalition, in conjunction with
All Children Together and Lower Alabama Pediatrics in Brewton , is conducting a fundraising activity in support of the KidOne Transport effort for the county. This program, if successful, will provide transport services at no charge, to the individual, for women and children in need of medical care to any point of service. The program is based in Birmingham but will be located in Escambia county with a local driver. . The Mercedes-Benz Company will provide, free of charge, an SUV for use in Escambia County.
The cost to the county is for operations only, at the rate of $ 45,000 annually for a three year period.. The fee is for the employment of a locally based driver, gasoline and insurance. These organizations have been successful, through other local partnerships, in securing a very limited amount of funding but is seeking other resources, which will benefit those in the county in need.
It is very possible that there are people in the county / area who would be willing to make a donation to this project, which will be tax deductible, before the end of this year. It would be so wonderful if we can get this project in place next year so that the children in need will be able to be transported to the needed medical care provider / organization without losing valuable time. Anyone wanting to make a contribution please call Ruth Harrell in Flomaton , 296-5101, for information as to the appropriate organization to receive the donation..
Ruth Harrell RN, MPH
Coalition for Healthier Escambia County
Ruth Harrell RN, MPH
As a Christian, I am puzzled by schools closing for the birthday of Jesus, yet we cannot pray at school.
I am puzzled by the governments closing down for Jesus' birthday, yet the Ten Commandments are banned from the judicial buildings.
By the way, why is "In God we Trust" on our "U.S. Currency" that is legal tender for school lunches, yet the prayer before the lunch is banned.
Christians of all faith need to stand together. Call or write if you like.
Dean Smith

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