Joaquin First United Methodist Church hosted health fair, blood drive last Saturday

Joaquin Christian Services sponsored an all day health fair event on Saturday, Aug. 10, providing several free health services to the community, including a LifeShare blood drive, free hearing tests, blood pressure and blood sugar checks by UT Health, and even snow cones, homemade ice cream and inflatable jumpers for the kids.

The health fair and blood drive were hosted by and took place at the Joaquin First United Methodist Church.

The event featured not only had health services and fun outside, but many professionals and representatives were there with information about their organizations and what they do, like Susan Gross, emergency room RN from UT Health Carthage, and Shona Guenther, director of Marketing and Admissions for Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Home.

“We are here to help bring awareness to rural communities about their health,” a participant said. “So many are unaware of the health resources that are available in our communities.”

Other organizations were there offering information and health services like vision tests by Golden Eye Associates, school physicals by Texas Quick Care, Shelby and Panola County veterans representatives and the MD Anderson Cancer Center Tyler.

With the blood drive resulting in about 14 units of blood donated, the health fair provided an extraordinary turnout, organizers said.

Visitors said Joaquin Christian Services and Joaquin First United Methodist Church did an outstanding job to help aide in the shortage of blood donations and spread health and health services information to the community.