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The National Log a Load for Kids campaign operates under the basic concept that loggers and wood-supplying businesses donate the value of a "load" of logs to their local hospital to be used in treating ill and injured children. Montana's CMN hospital is Shodair Children's Hospital, located in Helena, Montana. The Montana Logging Association, Montana Wood Products Association, Intermountain Roundwood Association, and our collective members are proud to be sponsors of Shodair through the Log A Load for Kids program. All money raised in MONTANA through CMN and the Log A Load for Kids program STAYS in MONTANA to help children receive the services they need at Shodair. In 1999, Montana Logging Association raised $28,746.60 for Shodair - funds that are used to provide patient services. With more and more children and families living without health insurance, the amount of unreimburesed health care services that Shodair provides to Montana children has grown dramatically in recent years.

 
Log a Load for Kidsbegan in 1988 in South Carolina by Mr. Bill Boyce, Mrs. Lorraine Evans, and Carol Connolly. This concept has now spread to 26 different states raising $2,454,395 in 1998.

Conrad Burns/Log A Load picture

1999 Annual Convention - Log A Load Display and Raffle

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Shodair Children's Hospital began as a home for orphaned and abandoned children in 1896. Children would be placed on "orphan trains" in the south and if they were not adopted at one of the stops, would end up in Helena, Montana, the last stop. Montana Children's home and Hospital was developed to care for these children. It was later renamed Shodair Children's Hospital after benefactor Louis Shodair.

In addition to being the first in the state to care for orphaned children, Shodair was the first health care organization here to treat children with polio, the first facility with a department of medical genetics and the first with a chemical dependency unit dedicated to adolescents.

In 1997, Shodair began its second century of service to our state's children and families. Shodair is a nonprofit, nondenominational children's hospital that is committed to providing for the care of treatment of children suffering from illness, diseases and other physical, mental and emotional conditions that impair the health and well-being off children.. Today, Shodair provides comprehensive services in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and in Medical Genetics.

Shodair Children's Hospital is Montana's only representative of the Children's Miracle Network (CMN), an affiliation of 165 children's hospitals and hundreds of local and national sponsors throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Network raises funds for child health care services and educated the public about the many special health needs of today's children.

Vada Popham, from Great Falls, Montana, is just one of the hundreds of children whom Shodair Hospital helps each year to realize their potential as true champions. Vada represented Shodair Hospital and the state of Montana as this year's Champion Child.

All money raised in MONTANA through CMN stays in the state to help as many children as possible receive the services they need at Shodair. In 1999, over $188,000 was raised - funds that are used to provide patient services.

With more and more children and families living without health insurance, the amount of unreimburesed health care services that Shodair provides to Montana children has grown dramatically in recent years.

For more than 103 years, Shodair has been a valuable Montana asset. The legacy represents the contributions of thousands who see a future in providing care and instilling hope in the most vulnerable among us. The Montana Logging Association and its members are proud to be a part of Shodair Children's Hospital and Log A Load For Kids program.

 

"Log A Load" is not the only fundraising effort in force today for the Shodair Hospital. The "First Ladies' Cookbook" is a treasure of not only wonderful recipes, but also a historical trip through a large part of this century. All proceeds from the cookbook will be used by Shodair to provide comprehensive mental health and medical genetics services to Montana's children and families.

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Fundraising efforts by the Montana Logging Association have included raffling carved bears, Quick Draw for Kids, Christmas Meeting Surprise Auction, and an annual mailer to members.

"Quick Draw for Kids" entails four local artists completing an original piece of art with the MLA membership as an audience. The art is then auctioned off along with other of the artists' pieces. This years artists included Joe Abbrescia, Bob Mason, Mark Ogle, and Margaret Graziano.

Montana Totals
1997
$32,778.00
1998
$22,000.00
1999
$28,746.60
The Log A Load committee is currently selling hats and sweatshirts will be available in the near future.

 

Please make checks payable to Log a Load for Kids and send to:

Montana Logging Association
P.O. Box 1716
Kalispell, MT 59901-1716

For more information, contact MLA at (406) 752-3168 or e-mail mla@digisys.net

Links to other Log A Load For Kids programs across the country.
Log A Load Site
National Log A Load Site
Arkansas Forests
Florida Forests
Louisiana Forestry
Missouri Forestry
Oregon Logger
North Carolina Governor
Children's Miracle Network
Timberjack
Timber Producers of Connecticut
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