BANGOR – Visiting the Shrine Circus this weekend, or attending a parade over the summer, you’ll see Anah Shriners having a good time.
But many don’t realize what this group of fez-wearing Shriners do as members of one of the world’s great philanthropic organizations.
Abraham Lincoln once said “no man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”
Those words resonate with the members of the Anah Shrine.
The Robbins family of Bangor also agrees, following an accident that burned their 4-year-old son Gavin in November last year.
Since then, their family has been impressed by the care provided by the staff of Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston.
Alisha Robbins, Gavin’s mother, said “Shriners Hospitals is the place to be…if you need it…go!”
For a child, the travel and the appointments required for this kind of medical attention were scary, but according to Alisha, Gavin’s fears quickly changed.
“Once we got to the airport and he met the pilot, it changed everything,” said Robbins. “They were so friendly, and acted like they were family.”
But mom says the real difference began when they arrived at Shriners Hospital.
“He walked into the hospital, he saw the hats, he saw doctors with hats on, and the doctors are amazing,” she said. “They help out so much. Everyone that comes in the room to meet with Gavin, they all have their different areas and they just know how to make him well.”
This weekend, Gavin will have the opportunity to see many men wearing hats, also known as a fez, when he visits the Shrine Circus.
Alisha says he will be a busy boy.
“He’s probably going to want to meet everyone of them,” said Alisha.
According to Shriners, the hospitals are helping children regardless of a family’s ability to pay, and for the Robbins family it’s been nearly stress free. Alisha agrees.
“They help us in every single way, it’s amazing, they’re so helpful,” she said. “There’s no stress in it.”