This Friday, December 17th, is the deadline for making your donation to the annual Mason County E.M.S. fundraiser, called "Operation Christmas Greeting". A full-page "Community Greeting Card", with an alphabetical listing of all contributors, will be in this paper’s Christmas edition on December 22nd.
The "Greeting’s" goal each year is to provide funds for needed equipment for our local E.M.S. Mason has a very small staff and is most grateful for their volunteers. Providing equipment that can better help them in their work to save lives is the reason this fundraiser exists.
This year’s goal is to raise needed funds to replace the "AED"; also, known as "Automated External Defibrillator". Each of our three ambulances needs to have the best equipment possible. The item selected this year is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation. They each cost approximately $2,200.00.
If you have not yet made your donation, please, fill out a coupon (use the one below or pick one up at your bank), printing your listing(s) exactly as you wish it or them to appear on the "Greeting". Deposit your check which is made payable to "Operation Christmas Greeting" and marked "Donation-EMS" with your coupon attached at any of Mason’s three banks. You may also mail it to the bank of your choice. If mailing, address your envelope to: "Operation Christmas Greeting", the name of the bank (First State Bank, Mason National Bank or The Commercial Bank), Mason, TX 76856.
As stated last week, through the years you have helped to either upgrade equipment to newer and better and/or to just replace the needed basic equipment. A portion of the items you have helped to replace and/or purchase in these past years are training mannequins, training equipment, blood pressure monitors, Lif-Pak 12 cardiac monitors and defibrillators, electric stretchers, GPS locators, stair chairs and an oxygen lift.
Residents, hunters and visitors do not need to be reminded that Mason County is a rural area as far as distance to medical facilities is concerned. The EMS is "the first help on sight" in these situations that can be life-threatening. Helping these people to be the best equipped possible is a winning situation.
Say "Merry Christmas" to all of the readers of this newspaper and donate to a "life-saving" association. We ask for your support. Thank You!
"Operation Christmas Greeting"/EMS Donation
i.e. The John Doe Family
Mr. & Mrs. John Doe and Family
The John Doe Restaurant or Store or Bank
Hunters, John Doe Ranch
Church or Club Name
Minimum Donation: $10.00 per listing