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Unity Health Prepares for the 23rd Annual A Day of Caring

Community news | Monday, July 22, 2019

As part of its mission to help create a healthy community, Unity Health is planning the 23nd annual A Day of Caring on Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Harding University Ganus Activities Complex.

What started 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, pharmacy services and pap exams. Items such as school supplies, Bibles, children’s socks and shoes, underwear, diapers, 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 27 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 be present in order for children and teens 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 physicians, physician residents, nurses, Unity Health associates and volunteers, are vital to the success of this outreach program. Last year, 500 extraordinary volunteers united to provide needed services that helped more than 1,200 people.

“At Unity Health, we look forward to A Day of Caring each year, and strive to serve as many people as possible through this outreach,” Unity Health Marketing Director Brooke Pryor said. “It is incredible to see our community unite for this important cause. We are so thankful to the hundreds of volunteers, organizations and businesses who contribute to this medical mission and help us create a healthy community.”

Unity Health welcomes individuals, clubs, churches and organizations to be involved through collecting personal care items; the most needed item at this time is conditioner. Non-perishable food items to stock the A Day of Caring Food Bank are also appreciated, as well as new children’s tennis shoes. 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.

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. For more information about the event, please contact Unity Health Marketing at (501) 278-3230 or via email at marketing@unity-health.org.

Photo: Last year, 500 volunteers were involved with the 2018 A Day of Caring, which helped more than 1,200 White County residents. This year’s A Day of Caring is on Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Harding University Ganus Activities Complex.