BETHEL – A rendezvous between Healthy Beginnings Coordinator Mitzi Sequoia, Dr. Mark Rolfe, pilot, and his assistants, took place at the Bethel International Airport recently when the Healthy Beginnings program was the recipient of baby formula that was airlifted by the volunteer medical group, AirCare.

AirCare is an organization dedicated to assisting medically under-served communities in the state through the use of volunteers and aircraft.

AirCare’s mission is to provide primarily health care services to those communities who otherwise would not have access. They accomplish this through volunteer efforts from pilots and other professionals who donate their time and talents.

In addition to providing health care services, they have been approached by other nonprofit organizations to deliver other goods and services, including food, clothing and education materials. Their unique and flexible structure allows them to efficiently deliver the goods by air.

“Dr. Rolfe contacted my office to ask if the Healthy Beginnings program could benefit from a donation of baby formula they had available, and that is how this adventure began,” said Sequoia.

Healthy Beginnings is a home visiting program of Community Concepts that meets with families and assists them with supportive services and referrals. The program serves families in Oxford County from pre-natal up to 5 years of age.

Those who see a need in their community or know of a community that might benefit from AirCare’s mission should call 933-6722, write 627 Route 135, Monmouth ME. 04259; e-mail [email protected] or visit

Those who would like to know more about the Healthy Beginnings Program should contact Sequoia at 364-3721, ext. 3025, or 743-7716, ext. 3025.

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