Want to make a difference in the life a child and his family?
Want to be a part of something bigger than yourself?
Want to have fun while helping others?
The Ladies’ Oriental Shrine of North America (LOSNA) was founded over 110 years ago. The aim and goals of the Ladies’ Oriental Shrine, as set forth at the organizational meeting in 1903, are to promote sociability, good fellowship and the betterment of all Ladies connected with the organization. When the Shriners founded the Shrine Hospitals for Children and the first hospital was built in 1922, the Ladies committed to supporting the Shrine’s official philanthropy. The Shrine’s 22 hospitals offer treatment in orthopedics, burn care, cleft lip & palate and spinal cord injury. These treatments are provided regardless of the patient’s or family’s ability to pay.
Today the Courts across North America continue to support the hospitals through sewing projects, research projects and other areas of interest. Each Court not only raises funds for the hospitals, but they donate clothing, stuffed animals, purchase equipment, staff the information desk in the various hospitals and serve as office personnel on a voluntary basis. The LOSNA contributes well over a half million dollars yearly to the Shrine Hospitals.
While the LOSNA is not an auxiliary of Shriners International but a separate and distinct Order, we are passionate about helping Shriners help kids.
Lady Kristine Sheridan – Grand High Priestess for 2018-2019
For the year 2018-2019 Lady Kris has chosen as the Special Project:
"YEAR OF REHABILITATION"
This year’s Special Project is the Year of Rehabilitation for our Shriner Children. Personally knowing some Shriner Children, I have gained an appreciation of the importance of helping a child go beyond the surgeries, to develop physically and mentally to their full potential.
The twenty-two Shriners Hospitals offer special rehabilitation programs for the children in their care including, but are not limited to, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, psychiatric therapy to help a child manage pain, post-traumatic stress and depression and recreational therapy which includes art, aquatic, pet and horticulture approaches. The goal of our project is to provide support of rehabilitation programs across the Shriners Hospitals System. Your donations to this Special Project will be divided equally among the Shriners Hospitals in the United States, thereby supporting the Rehabilitation Programs where ever children in your area receive care.
Shriners’ Hospital for Children, Canadian Unit, Montreal will benefit in the Year of Rehabilitation. Because of Canadian Charities Rules the money donated by our Canadian court is required to stay in Canada, so I am working with the Hospital to determine a project that would benefit their Rehabilitation Program this year.