A good cause to consider

Sometimes Santa Claus is better to some people than to others. That's a given ... something all of us realize and perhaps why those of us who can don't mind dropping a couple of bucks or loose change in the Salvation Army kettles, pick up gifts for one of the Angel Trees or any of the other charitable efforts that always seems to draw attention at this time of year.And now we have another. The Big Spring State Hospital is in need of television sets and is hoping residents of the community can help with a donation or two.We're not taking about these new flat-screen, plasma TVs. No, as a matter of fact, the hospital needs used tube televisions for patient areas.That means if someone gets one of those high-tech flat-screen, plama jobs, and really don't need the working television it replaced, the state hospital will be happy to take it off your hands.We don’t know what Santa plans to put under your tree this Christmas, but if you happen to be surprised with a new flat-screen, plasma television set, Big Spring State Hospital would be more than happy to take the old one off your hands.“We are always in need of television sets, and we thought Christmas would be the perfect time to ask the public for their used television sets," explained BSSH Assistant Superintendent Lorie Couch.Donated television sets will be used in patients' shared living areas where they relax, visit, watch television, read or play games.“Our only requirement is that they be at least a 13-inch screen and that they be in working condition,” Couch said. “Remote controls are not necessary, but we will take them with the television set.”So, if Santa's really good to you Saturday morning and leaves you a new television, we here at the Herald hope you'll consider giving the old television being replaced to some folks that would appreciate having it more than you'll probably ever know.Televisions can be taken to the Community Relations office on the state hospital campus, 1901 North U.S. Highway 87.And, if for some reason you can't take the a donated TV to the them, the hospital can arrange to pick up televisions from a local address.What's more, donations are tax-deductible, and the Community Relations office can provide receipts for the donations.For more information, call the Community Relations office at 268-7535.