MISSION & HISTORY

 
 

Mission & Accomplishments

The Womens General Auxiliary | Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Twin Cities, also known as WGA4KIDS, improves the lives of children with special medical needs by serving five primary functions:

Equipment – The Auxiliary purchases and repairs the wheelchairs and special therapeutic equipment for the patients of the Shriners Hospital for Children® — Twin Cities.

In 2015, the Auxiliaries provided:
• 56 Manual Wheelchairs
• 16 Power Wheelchairs
• 79 Repairs
• 18 Refurbishes
• 17 Growth Kits
• 98 Walkers
• 145 Pairs of Forearm Crutches
• 30 Bath Chairs & Benches
• Durable Medical Equipment
Total Cost 2015 $271,382

Recreation – Every year, we provide birthday parties, holiday gifts, holiday celebrations, toys, art supplies, and family entertainment gift cards and telephone cards for the children.

Parent Accommodation Center – In 1991 we built an on-site hotel at the cost of $1,073,378, with 14 rooms and direct 24-hour skyway access to the hospital.

Personal Touches – Since 1923, we have provided handmade comfort blankets, hats and mittens, toys, accessible clothing, and other personal items for every child and their families at Shriners Hospital.

While these are the most prominent supports, service is our core value. The Auxiliary prides itself on meeting whatever needs arise through every possible means. Our mission remains the same since 1923: Making children happy and secure in a hospital setting through fundraising efforts and the support of contributions.

 

Who We Are

Since 1923, The Auxiliary has worked to provide a loving and supportive environment for the children and families who get critical medical care at Shriners Hospital for Children® — Twin Cites. The hospital provides state of the art orthopedic care to more than 5,000 children annually regardless of the family’s ability to pay. It is one of 22 Shriners Hospitals in the country. Both the Shriners Hospital and the Womens General Auxiliary operate from the compassionate generosity of donors. In addition, the auxiliary is staffed 100% by volunteers and there are no paid positions.

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The Benefit to Children

Shriners Hospital for Children® — Twin Cities is dedicated to holistic care including meeting a child’s social, mental, and emotional needs. WGA4KIDS provides that critical sense of well-being and consistency in the lives of children and their families who are experiencing unthinkable challenges.

WGA4KIDS is committed to improving the quality of life for the children and their families at the hospital, particularly those who experience an extended stay. We create positive childhood memories during a challenging time in a child’s life. We give children independence that a wheelchair can provide. We create a community away from home as many children return for follow-up care.

The Challenge

For Businesses: Please consider becoming a partner of WGA4KIDS | Shriners Hospital for Children® — Twin Cities. Financial contributions are needed for us to carry out our mission. Wheelchairs are always needed to keep the children independent and costs continue to rise. Businesses can also provide goods and services to support the children and families at Shriners Hospital during their extended stay away from home. Your business will be recognized by WGA4KIDS. Learn more about how to contribute financially.

For Individuals: Join us by becoming an Auxiliary member!  We are always looking for new members to help fill a variety of needs. Learn how to join and help a child in need. Please also consider making a financial contribution to the Auxiliary.

Thank you for your interest in the WGA4KIDS | Shriners Hospital for Children® — Twin Cities. Because of your kindness, your charitable contributions will positively affect the lives of many children.