Children’s Miracle Network
The Children’s Miracle Network Telethon (CMNT) is a nationwide fund raising program formed to support local children’s hospitals. These hospitals are designed for the special needs infants and young children experience. For example, these hospitals have special burn units, pediatric disease treatment centers and other services designed for young children. One trip to a children’s hospital will convince you that your money is being well spent to help create a special environment of love and attention for infants and children.
Many of the children’s hospitals provide significant amounts of indigent care. That is, even if a child has neither the insurance nor the funds to pay for care, the hospital will give the special care that is needed. The purpose of CMNT is to help provide care to children that are otherwise unable to receive specialized care.
This specialized care is provided through regional children’s hospitals. Thus, it may be necessary for a child from Albany to be transported to Atlanta, or a child in Coolidge to be transported to Tallahassee. Local Kiwanis clubs can be assured that “your dollars go to your kids” since the CMNT distributes the funds to the hospital that will most likely serve your children.
Kiwanis International has been a proud sponsor of the CMNT for many years. This is why it is included as a sponsored project. Local clubs have the opportunity to earn bonus points on the Georgia Kiwanis Club score sheet by making contributions to the CMNT through the District office.
It is important for clubs to make their donations directly to the Georgia Kiwanis District Office in Macon. This will ensure that clubs gets credit through Kiwanis and that Kiwanis International is aware of the fund raising efforts of Georgia Kiwanians. If funds are raised during the annual telethon, the funds can be given to the local telethon but should be clearly noted that they are from Georgia Kiwanis Clubs as CMNT will notify Kiwanis International if the funds are properly identified.