12/03/2022
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Shriners Jimmy Smith and Phillip Little with volunteer, Berry Lewis, are in the photo above. 

By Charlotte Smith

The Bladen County Shrine Club hosted its annual Fish Fry on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. The crowd filed in line for the delicious food plates to help the local club raise funds.

Shriners is a fraternity with principles of brotherly love, truth, and relief. Bladen County Shriner Jimmy Smith explained that club members are committed to family, are encouraged to engage in personal growth, and are proud to care for children in need.

Shriner Smith, along with Shriners Phillip Little, Richard “Sling” Shaw, Neil “Tojie” King, Wes Johnson, Paul Johnson, and other Bladen County Shriners were all helping pass out plates and collected money for their fundraiser.

Last year the club was unable to hold the annual Fish Fry due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Shriner Little said the club had a Fish Fry in April to help with the fundraising efforts. “It was good,” he said.

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Shriner Tojie King was excited to announce the Paul R. Brown Leadership Corps of Cadets were on the scene helping with the event. “They have been a great help,” he stated.

Shriner Paul Johnson recalled how long the Bladen County Shriners had been helping make a difference. He said he had photos from 50 years ago of the Bladen County Shriners.

The Bladen County Shrine Club motto is, “Helping Kids Defy the Odds.”

The Bladen County Shriner members have been serving humanity for over 50 years by supporting the Shriners Hospitals for Children® and helping others in need. There are 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children offering specialized medical care to children.

According to Shrinerschildrens.org, the hospitals provide comprehensive pediatric orthopedic care to children, including outpatient and inpatient care, diagnostic services, surgical and medical care, cast and braces, prosthetics, X-Rays, rehabilitation, recreation, and continuing education. Shriners Hospital for Children are open to children regardless of their race, religion, or relationship to a Shriner. There is never a charge to the patient or parent for any service or medical treatment received at Shriners Hospitals.