Operation Round-Up Makes a Big Impact in Small Communities
Plankinton Ambulance Updates Equipment
The Plankinton Ambulance Association received $2,500 from Operation Round-Up to update equipment, including radios, splints, and a pediatric oximeter.
As technology rapidly evolves, so do the equipment needs of emergency responders. The radios serve as a lifeline between the 17 volunteers on the service and dispatch, members and supporting agencies. The splints will allow the service to safely immobilize a patient to reduce their discomfort and are compatible to use with X-ray or MRI equipment. The current oximetry readers utilized by the department can fit poorly on children, so the pediatric pulse oximeter will allow them to provide more accurate readings on a child patient.
“Our service is striving to stay up to date when it comes to technology as we see benefits that it provides to our patients, allowing us to provide the best care possible to the people of our community,” says Amy Bultsma, Secretary/Treasurer of the Association.
White Lake Offers Summer Reading Program
The White Lake Library held an 8-week summer reading program this past year with 31 children signed up and an average of 23 children in attendance. The children enjoyed the program and followed social distancing guidelines with ease.
“Due to COVID’s economic impact, we did not feel right asking businesses for donations,” says Kim Ehlers. “Instead, we used funds to purchase snacks from each business on a rotating schedule.”
The program received $500 from Operation Round-Up to aid in purchasing supplies, snacks and prizes. Funds were also donated from Jane Guericke and Thrivent.
Hanson County Angel Tree Makes Christmas a Bit Brighter
Hanson County Child Protection received $1,000 in funding to aid their Angel Tree and Winter gear program last Christmas.
Funds were used to purchase snow boots, snow pants, bedding, and toys ranging from $5-20 for children in need.
“Operation Round-Up money will keep children in Hanson County warm and happy this holiday season,” said Lisa McManus with the Hanson Co. Community Health Office.
In addition to the Angel Tree, the Hanson Co. Child Protection Team also accepts monetary donations to help with back to school supplies, school lunches, Freshman Impact in Alexandria, and occasion gas cards for mileage. Funds are also kept on hand for emergencies. The local schools will reach out to the program if they know a child or family is in need.