Hospital crew cooks up fundraising idea

 By Kay Braddock

What started out as supply room chatter has turned into a cookbook fundraising effort that is being enthusiastically welcomed by community members.

Prairie Community Hospital employees Terry Chavez, Norma Grist and Kay Schaaf recently formed an informal group they like to call “Friends of the Facility”.  While working alongside each other the three began brainstorming on ways to raise funds to help improve the hospital’s patient and resident rooms. 
Through their discussions  the community cookbook idea took hold.
The three PCH employees say they hope to raise funds to add flat screen televisions to each of the 12 patient/resident rooms.
“This is kind of more for the residents and patients,” Schaaf said. “To make their stay here more comfortable,” Grist added.
Those who would like to share their favorite recipes to be included in the community cookbook can drop off copies of their recipes at the hospital’s front office or mail copies to Prairie Community Hospital, Attention Kay Schaaf Cookbook Project, PO Box 156, Terry, Mont. 59349. Recipes can also be emailed to
Recipe contributors are encouraged to include their names along with the recipe’s origin.
The project is being funded through advertisements of local businesses.
Ad spaces are available from $25 for a quarter page to $100 for a full page, along with sizes in between. With nearly $400 already committed to the project, the reaction so far has been positive.
“(Norma) has gone out with very little time and gotten a great response,” Chavez said.
Families of those who have loved ones who have received care at PCH are also invited to donate to the project through memorial ads, where a loved one’s picture and favorite recipe can be included in a boxed ad space. Families can choose from spaces ranging from $25, $50, $75 and $100.
The deadline to submit recipes or donate to the project is September 30. 
Although the size of the cookbook or the exact format has yet to be ironed out, one detail the group plans on fulfilling is to have copies ready in time for the holidays.
“They would make really nice Christmas gifts,” Schaaf said, noting books will likely be sold at local businesses and craft fairs. Between 250 to 300 copies of the community cookbook will be printed.
“It’s really coming about as a community effort,” Chavez said. “In some way shape or form it has a tie to the hospital.”

Published Sept. 8, 2010

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