Applications for Stafford fund now open

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The Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation is now accepting applications for grants from the Kay Stafford Community Fund to help improve local health care.
Stafford died in 1997 but left $1.2 million for the purpose.
Since then, the fund bearing her name has awarded grants to 75 charitable groups. Those dollars have placed more than 50 defibrillators, provided four accessible vehicles, funded First Aid courses, paid for fitness training and more.
This year’s applications must be received by Friday, March 29.
Foundation staff say applications should involve things which enhance or support services at the hospital or help to keep the public healthy and out of the hospital. They can be sent electronically to info@tmhfoundation.com.
The hospital foundation’s executive director, Wendy Warner, also encouraged further donations and noted the benefit of including a bequest in a person’s will.
“You have three options and only two choices where to leave your estate: your heirs, the government and/or a charity,” she wrote in a press release.
“What many don’t know is that without adding a charity, your estate will pay taxes that will reduce the amount your loved ones will actually receive. It’s a simple concept, but very beneficial for all concerned.”
The release added bequests can be a way of leaving a legacy.
“Kay Stafford lived modestly and worked as postal clerk for many years but upon her death she became ‘an ordinary person providing extraordinary results,’” the release explained.
For more information, contact the foundation at 613-392-2540 ext 5403.

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