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HILLVIEW - Local residents were assisted by a few extra helping hands recently.
The Hillview Government Center hosted a “Helping Hands” free health fair, sponsored by Hillview Community Christian Church in association with Touched Twice United, an organization empowering churches to meet the healthcare and spiritual crisis in America.
Coordinator Kimberly Jackson said 75 residents attended the inaugural event, receiving a wide range of assistance from free physical checks to canned goods and clothing items.
Jackson said the event was primarily designed for uninsured people in need of a little assistance. She said the event was based on the Touched Twice philosophy.
“You touch them first with physical needs, such as food and clothing,” she said. “You touch them second with spirituality.”
Volunteers greeted patrons at the door, assisting them through the event and helping with all informational questions.
Participating organizations included exams by the office of Dr. Gregory Cecil, DMD, and the Toustine Eye Center.
Kool Smiles gave away toothbrushes, while PMT Medical featured their line of shoes for diabetics.
Nurse practitioner Denise Buskill and her staff volunteered free physical exams.
Also volunteering were medical students with the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy performing blood-sugar tests along with pharmacist Barbara Jolly.
Local attorneys David and Scott Carby offered legal advice, while representatives with Shepherd’s Shelter, K-CHIP and the Center for Women and Families provided information.
Patrons were also treated to manicures and haircuts courtesy of the Hillview Fantastic Sam’s location.
Non-perishable food items and clothing were provided by Hillview Community Christian members. Hot food was offered at the event courtesy of the church.
Community volunteers included members of the Hillview City Council. Jackson thanked the council and Mayor Jim Eadens for their generosity along with facility use.
Jackson said a similar event may be scheduled for the fall.
“There’s a lot of people that don’t have insurance out there and we helped a lot of people,” she said. “Once the word gets out we can help a lot more people,” she said.
Touched Twice has two similar events scheduled for Apr. 16 at the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville and Apr. 30 at Jeffersontown High School in Louisville.
Volunteer organizer Mike Ware said anyone could register or volunteer with the events.
“They are church-driven, and a lot of relationships are built,” he said. “People will see genuine love. It will make them feel better and give them hope.”
For more information call (502) 773-7457 or visit touchedtwiceunited.org.