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Haskells make donation to hospital

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Fay and Barbara Haskell
There's a lot of negative in today's world. So, sometimes it's hard to imagine that anyone might give without expecting something in return.

However, there are some good Samaritans left in this world -- Fay and Barbara Haskell are living proof.

Despite hardships in their life, this couple continually gives of themselves. They once housed and cared for foster children. They've donated thousands of dollars to the Boys and Girls Youth Ranches. And most recently they found a way to donate $5,000 to the Fulton County Hospital.

In March 2006 they lost their daughter Norma in a car wreck in Little Rock.

Early in her career she worked as a certified nurses assistant. They said she loved helping the patients, so she decided to make that her profession. She continued working as a CNA while attending Ozarka College until she became a registered nurse.

The Haskells said Norma did her nursing clinicals at the Fulton County Hospital, and the facility was special to her. So they knew Norma would be proud to have money given in her name.

"We donated the money as a memorial to (Norma)," Fay said. "It's a place she learned from and cared about."

"Our daughter was so compassionate, so we knew it was fitting to give the money to a great place like the hospital," Barbara said.

Not only do they care about the hospital for their daughter's sake, but the Haskells also know the importance of having a nearby healthcare facility.

"We've lived in Salem 19 years. I guess we're still transplants," Barbara said laughing. "But we moved from New York state from an area that was in the same situation (as the Fulton County Hospital)."

Barbara said they came from a small area with a local hospital that, like Fulton County's facility, often faced financial strain. "The place in New York was like it was here a few years back (before the half-cent sale tax passed). They kept threatening to close it," she said. "It would be horrible to lose that service, and it would be awful for the overall community."

"That (Fulton County Hospital) is the lifeline of this community. People have to support it or else the community will die," Fay said.

Barbara agreed. "We knew we could do something good, and we don't mind helping when it's needed," she said. "You never know, it might help us (she and Fay) one day."

The Haskells are modest about their generous donation; however, besides Norma, there is one thing Fay is proud to talk about: "Come December me and my wife will have been married 60 years."

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