A sea of people gathered in the GCHope parking lot on Saturday the 17th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service (MLK day). A group of 50 cheery volunteers arrived at 6:30 am, equipped with coffee and donuts, to set up a free health fair clinic for WGYB families. WGYB families were able to receive free flu shots, blood pressure testing, blood sugar testing, vision screening, and received food bags, hygiene kits, books, toys, clothing, and free Covered California enrollment counseling!
GCHope is always amazed by our dedicated volunteers but there was an obvious joy present in the hearts of these people. It was marvelous to see a group of extremely diverse people from all different backgrounds and religions; Christians and Muslims joined together to love GCHope’s underprivileged children and families. Thanks to these amazing volunteers, 315 vulnerable children and their parents were provided health care that they might otherwise not get.
The health fair was held in partnership with MiNDS Network, a nonprofit organization serving the underprivileged & uninsured by providing free, immediate and comprehensive medical & healthcare services in SoCal. Other event participants included: Wilshire Avenue Community Church; Buena Park, Placentia, and Fullerton police departments; Fullerton, Placentia, and Yorba Linda public libraries; Buena Park Civic Center; Uplift Charity; Outreach Nation; Al Shifa Clinic; and Coast-to-Coast Foundation.
Dr. Taif Kaissi, President of MiNDS, addressed the volunteers to say, “In the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy, today we are to serve our guests with utmost dignity and respect, with a smile on our faces, and provide them with the best experience possible!”
Representative Loretta Sanchez’s office awarded certificates of recognition to Giving Children Hope, Uplift Charity and MiNDS along with all other volunteering organizations.