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Shriners raise money for children hospitals

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April 5, 2008

Albany -- Shriners from all over the Southeast were in Albany Saturday night for their annual ball.

Members of other shrine centers from Chattanooga, Macon, Savannah, and Panama City were in town for the whole weekend at several events to help raise money for their children's hospitals.

Shriners fund 22 children hospitals in North America. And these hospitals are a big help for parents who can't afford the healthcare.

"We treat children free of charge for problems such as orthopedic, burns, spinal cord and cleft lips and palates. We do that free of charge. There is never a bill at Shriners hospitals; no cash registers no credit card machines, but we do take donations for those hospitals," said Gary Mathews.

The Albany Shrine Center serves 14 counties in Southwest Georgia and is currently helping 300 children from our area.

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