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Caring season

| December 27, 2005 11:00 PM

"Christmas is time when abundance rejoices and want is keenly felt." — Charles


Four hundred and fifty-five children are provided medical and dental services through the Montana Caring Program for Children with another 388 children on the waiting list.

The Caring Foundation was formed in 1993 and since then 5,500 children have benefited. They come from families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

It takes $480 to cover one child for a year in the program. That money makes it possible for a child to have access to medical and dental care at no cost to his or her family.

The cost is less than should be expected because 2,000 Montana physicians, dentists and other medical professionals support the program by accepting reduced payments for services.

The foundation is a 501(c) 3 foundation so all tax donations are deductible. It receives some funding through United Way organizations in the state, businesses, local groups, churches and individuals.

The popular Montana Governor's Cup, each June, which includes a marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K and more is the foundations largest single fundraising event.

Consider this: Why can't we solve the numerous other problems involving the well-being of our state's children in this fashion. For instance: Higher education. Why can't we truly make a college education, vocation training or other education opportunities available to any and every graduate of a Montana high school?

I know this approach sounds a lot like "it takes a village …" but what's wrong with that if we accomplish something that makes it better for all of us and strengthens our state by taking care of future citizens?

Just thinking out loud. Blame the Caring Foundation for sending me a news release about what they are trying to do.

Better yet: Send them a donation. You can call 1 800-447-7828 ext. 8261 and ask for Trinda Smith, foundation and program coordinator. Or e-mail her at

Tis the season; make the call. — Roger Morris