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Review for Shriners Hospitals for Children, Tampa, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer and a Shriner, we work for free and are not trying to make any money off of anyone. The previous review by a woman who was upset that her entire family was not comped by the Shriners Hospital during the treatment of her daughter is a misnomer. Normally the hospitals are not responsible nor take care of food and housing for family or extended family during these treatments but rather are focused on the treatment and well being of the patient or child involved. Extended family road trips and expenses would destroy the ability of the Hospitals to care for its primary objective and that is the total care of the child at no cost to the family. I resent the attitude of this woman who feels that her entire entourage had to be funded. Normally the child and one parent are hosted by the Sponsoring Shrine Temple who pick up hotel and food expenses during the trip. NO ONE MAKES ANY MONEY except the employees of the hospital who receive their normal wages. All of the Shriners who work from the Transportation Unit Drivers who give of their time, the cost of all the Vans their maintenance and gas are all donated by those men with no other purpose than to help the child. In fact most of the money that runs the hospital comes from the donations and bequests of the Shrine members themselves and from their families. We get very little help from people outside. All we ask is to be allowed to continue to support the people and the employees of the Hospitals so that they continue to do their good work. Negative articles like this women criticizing the Texas Shrine Center serve ill purposes because of the misinformation and terrible lack of understanding on her part. I feel sorry for the child to have such a grubby parent that is ungrateful at best.

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Role:  Volunteer