March 11, 2007

When The Shook Home replaced their single-sized mattresses last year with pressure relieving mattresses, the mattresses for the 64-bed skilled facility were placed in storage until a good use for them appeared. Little did The Shook Home know what an incredible use for these mattresses would be!

In January, Mel and Amos Bricker of the Old Order of The River Brethren contacted The Shook Home and asked if there were any used mattresses that the nursing, personal care and independent living facility in Chambersburg, Pa., could donate to children in orphanages in Liberia. The facility was happy to donate 24 mattresses to Christian Aid Ministries to be used for children in orphanages in the country of Liberia.

The Shook Home and The Quarters at The Shook donated 24 gently used mattresses to Christian Aid Ministries to be shipped to orphanages in Liberia. The mattresses will be delivered to Christian Aid Ministries in Ephrata, Pa., by members of the Old Order River Brethren Chambersburg and shipped to Liberia by Christian Aid Ministries.


The Old Order River Brethren also operates a clothing center in Shippensburg, Pa., which ships clothing to Romania, Liberia and the Ukraine. For more information, call Amos Bricker at 717-369-2674.

With an office cat named Bella, an Irish Wolfhound mix named Maggie, two cats named Nicki and Oliver, to name just a few of the employee pets, the folks at J. Edward Cochran & Co. certainly wear the name "animal lovers" proudly.

When it came time for employees Joyce Smythe and Janice Burns to select a charity to donate the money collected from the staff's "casual dress Friday" fund they knew just where the money should go. They contacted the Humane Society of Washington County and asked if they could donate the money to the Sharpsburg Horse Rescue Medical and Rehabilitation Fund.

On Feb. 15, Smythe and Burns met with HSWC Executive Director Paul Miller and presented him with a check for $1,000 from the employees at J. Edward Cochran & Co.

"We are delighted to be the recipient of such a generous donation," Miller said. "The money will be utilized for the medical and rehabilitative expenses we are incurring due to the rescue."

For those wishing to contribute to the ongoing veterinary care and rehabilitation of the seized horses, contributions can be made out to the Humane Society of Washington County, Attention: The Sharpsburg Horse Rescue Medical and Rehabilitation Fund, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown MD 21740.

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