Craig briefs: Hospital staff donates to tornado victims

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This week, employees, physicians and board members from The Memorial Hospital donated $3,200 to aid employees of Moore Medical Center in Moore, Okla. On May 20, a tornado destroyed Moore Medical Center, which is part of the Norman Regional Health System.

Moore Medical Center employs 463 people who live in areas directly affected by the tornado. Norman Regional Health Foundation has established the Employee CARE Fund. All donations made to this fund will be distributed directly to employees in need of assistance.

Upon hearing about the destruction of Moore Medical Center, employees at TMH asked how they could help.

“Our colleagues at Moore Medical Center are devastated, personally and professionally,” said Joyce Grove Hein, interim Chief Executive Officer at TMH. “I have seen first-hand a medical facility and community devastated by a natural disaster, and I know how deeply hospital employees appreciate these donations.”

Ann Clouse, Executive Director of the Norman Regional Health Foundation, said that to date 184 employees have been identified as needing assistance.

“We are so grateful to have the support of (The) Memorial Hospital. The tornado left a path of destruction and devastation in our beloved community. Not only did we lose our hospital, many employees lost their homes.”

Deadline for farmers assistance is today

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency wants to remind farm producers that they have until today to apply for assistance for 2011 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program. The program provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on farms that have incurred crop production or quality losses. For more information, visit a local FSA county office or http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov/.

Hayden bird walk with Birding editor is June 29

Hayden is home to one of the top bird-watching sites in Colorado, according to the editor of Birding magazine. The editor and birder will be visiting Carpenter Ranch just east of Hayden on June 29 to present a special bird walk, “Bare Naked Birding.” The free program is designed to show all levels of birders how to watch birds without binoculars. Floyd and fellow birders have recorded 96 different species of birds during past summer walking tours at Carpenter Ranch. The Yampa Valley Birding Club will host its next free public walk at 8 a.m. Saturday starting at the ranch headquarters.

Grief support group in Craig starts June 17

A new grief education and support group sponsored by Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will begin at 5:30 p.m. June 17. The group is open to adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group will meet each Monday through July 15 at the VNA office, 745 Russell St. For more information, contact Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682.

Distribution from mobile food pantry is Tuesday

Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food pantry will distribute food from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club in Craig. The Club is located at 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Food distribution will be outside and will start at 11:30 am. Please bring boxes or baskets for food.

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