PORTSMOUTH, NH, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Irving Oil's Fuel the Care program
is marking a significant milestone this year: more than 40,000 families
from across Atlantic Canada and New England have now been helped by
this program. This milestone coincides with the program's 11th anniversary. Fuel the Care provides fuel cards to families with a child
facing critical health care challenges.
"Our two-year old son Mason has Down's Syndrome, which means we have a
lot more doctors' visits than we could have ever dreamed of; having
help from Irving Oil's Fuel the Care program has helped us so much,"
says Rhianon Glidden of Proctorsville, Vermont. "We used to worry about
how we were going to have money for gas to get to his appointments. But
thanks to Fuel the Care, we no longer have to worry about that."
Social Workers at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical
Center (CHaD) in New Hampshire and other partner hospitals in New
England and Atlantic Canada work directly with patient families to help
assess their needs and access Fuel the Care. "We see first-hand the
impact that this program has on families experiencing tremendous stress
and worry," says Jennifer Rupp, a Child Life Specialist at CHaD. "It
makes our role a little easier to be able to offer assistance to
families in need, so they can focus on what's most important - being
together and helping their children."
Fuel the Care Program partner hospitals in New England and Atlantic
Canada include: the Eastern Maine Healthcare Network in Maine and the
Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD) in New
Hampshire. The Saint John Regional Hospital in Saint John, New
Brunswick; the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia; the Janeway
Child Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland &
"It's hard to imagine anything more worrying than having a sick child in
the hospital, and it's a privilege to be able to provide a degree of
support to families in this situation," says Paul Browning, President &
CEO of Irving Oil. "We are deeply committed to Fuel the Care, which
helps remove at least one small worry for families who have more
important matters to focus on."
On Irving Oil's Facebook page, users are encouraged to add their support
to Fuel the Care; by simply sharing the Fuel the Care message on their
own page, users will be entered to win a $500 Irving Oil gift card and
Irving Oil will contribute an extra $25 to the Fuel the Care program.
For more information about Fuel the Care, visit www.facebook.com/irvingoil.
About Irving Oil
Irving Oil is a privately owned regional energy and marketing company
that provides Eastern Canada and New England with high-quality products
and customer service. Founded in 1924 and based in Saint John, NB,
Irving Oil maintains a strong tradition of committed community service
and partnerships through programs in healthcare, the environment,
education and youth sports. For more information about Irving Oil and
its community programs, please visit us at www.irvingoil.com or follow
us on Facebook at facebook.com/irvingoil.
SOURCE: Irving Oil
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