As part of its mission to help create a healthy community, Unity Health is planning the 22nd annual A Day of Caring to be held Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Harding University Ganus Athletic Center.
What started more than 20 years ago as a grass-roots effort to provide those in need with shots and immunizations for children, has grown to offer much more for our community. A Day of Caring, is a community-wide outreach program, designed to help the uninsured and underinsured residents of White County. Free medical, dental and eye screenings will be provided; additional services offered include haircuts, immunizations and pap exams. Items such as school supplies, Bibles, children's socks and shoes, underwear, diapers, bags of groceries and personal care items will also be distributed. Various health screenings and social service information will also be available. Please note that children must be present to receive school supplies, shoes, socks, underwear and diapers.
At a separate location, on July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. free immunizations will be given at the White County Health Department located at 112 Brantley Rd. in Searcy. A parent or guardian is required to bring shot records for their children and teens in order to receive immunizations. The White County Health Department will be open for this special occasion to better serve the community with a wider variety of immunizations.
Partnerships between Unity Health and community businesses and organizations, along with nurses, Unity Health associates and volunteers, are vital to the success of this outreach program. Last year, more than 450 extraordinary volunteers united to provide needed services that helped more than 1,300 people.
"At Unity Health, we look forward to A Day of Caring each year, and we strive to serve as many people as possible through this outreach," said Unity Health Marketing Director Brooke Pryor. "It is incredible to see our community unite for this important cause. We are so thankful to the hundreds of volunteers, organizations and businesses that contribute to this medical mission and help us create a health-centered community."
Unity Health welcomes individuals, clubs, churches and organizations to be involved through collecting personal care items including: shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Non-perishable food items are also appreciated to stock the A Day of Caring Food Bank. Donations for school supplies can include: crayons, erasers, blunt-end scissors, glue sticks, No. 2 pencils, loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks, pocket folders with brads and markers. New childrens' athletic shoe donations are also appreciated.
Other ways to get involved include volunteering at the event. Children accompanying volunteers must be 12 years or older. Volunteers may not participate to receive services at A Day of Caring.