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Childress We Can Care receives donation from South Plains Electric
By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Even though the Childress We Can Care annual survivor meal was canceled because of COVID-19, South Plains Electric Cooperative (SPEC) still made its annual donation.
Every year South Plains Electric gives $2,000 to the nonprofit organization that serves cancer patients in Childress County. It pays for the survivor meal that celebrates them, said Childress We Can Care President Carolyn Jennings.
But this year South Plains Electric increased the donation to $2,500.
“It’s kept us above water,” Jennings said. “Not having a fundraiser, this has helped us with gas cards and hotel rooms for cancer patients.”
Jennings said people would be surprised to see what their donations to Childress We Can Care do. Handing a gas card to a cancer patient is a good example.
“If you could see someone get a gas card, you would realize how much you have taken care of for them,” she explained. “You’ve solved one of their problems. They now don’t have to worry about getting to and from treatments.”
SPEC Rolling Plains Division Manager Jeff Watson said concern for community is one of the seven principles electric cooperatives were founded on 85 years ago. Today, these founding principles still ring true in their business model and exemplify their commitment to the communities they serve.
“Donating to We Can Care is something we do each year to help people in the communities we serve affected by cancer,” Watson said. “I personally think helping to alleviate obstacles in a cancer patient’s everyday life lowers their stress levels, which in turn increases their immunity system to battle the cancer.”
Since Childress We Can Care didn’t have its fundraiser in May, Jennings said people and businesses have stepped up. She and the other board member officers – Vice President Isabel Hernandez,
Secretary Sharon Martin, Treasurer Tracy Lambert and Patient Coordinator Kacy Crouch – are thankful.
“Thank you to everyone,” Jennings said.
Right now, Childress We Can Care serves 19 cancer patients. Since its beginning in 2013, the nonprofit has served 73 cancer patients.
“We are successful because God has touched us,” Jennings added. “I firmly believe this. Childress We Can Care is special because it’s one focus: taking care of cancer patients. That is it.”
Jennings said financial status doesn’t matter, Childress We Can Care helps all cancer patients in Childress County. She encourages cancer patients to go to Frist Bank and Trust and see Patient
Coordinator Kacy Crouch, who will provide them with information.
“We hope we can get back to normal once COVID ends,” Jennings said.
Until then, people can help by donating via mail. They can mail a check to Tracy Lambert at P.O. Box 7, Childress, TX 79201.
While Jennings has never had cancer, she volunteers with Childress We Can Care because she’s had three sisters-in law, a brother and close friends who have had the disease.
“It’s not a me thing, it’s a we thing,” she said. “Cancer is ugly. We hate it, but we love the people who have it.”
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jennings encourages everyone to get a mammogram.
When she worked for Eastman Kodak in Dallas, the company would bring in a mobile mammogram bus. She said seven of her colleagues had cancer the first year and six the next year.
“I think everyone should have a mammogram,” Jennings said. “Mammograms can find cancer.”