April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday health fair offers chance to win TV

By HSJ Online [email protected]

Hope United Methodist Church and Miller's Merry Manor will be offering a chance to win a 50-inch television Saturday, and your odds improve if you donate blood.

The health fair will also feature about 15 vendors providing information and diagnostic tests such as vision and hearing screenings. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church.

This is the fourth year for the health fair at Hope United Methodist Church and last year's event drew 150-200 people, said Pastor Warren Kirk.

"I just felt there wasn't enough of this information readily available to the community," Kirk said.

The Lion's Club will be on hand for vision tests, and Columbus Regional Health will perform hearing tests during the fair. Other groups that will be available include Thrive Alliance and the Alzheimer's Association.

Kirk said there is currently an urgency for blood donations. The Bloodmobile will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., accepting donations.

"We are trying to emphasize the need to give blood, and so people that give blood will get extra raffle tickets," Kirk said.

The television is being donated by Miller's Merry Manor.

Kristin Carr, admissions administrator for Miller's, said the nursing home is happy to co-sponsor the event.

"We partner with the church a lot and it is really something we (support)," Carr said. "We try to provide health care, the best we can, in the community. We do a lot at Miller's. We do out-patient therapy, we do rehab to home. It is a lot of resources we use and we just want to get them out to the community."

Kirk said the program will also feature a representative from the Indiana Attorney General's office will be on hand to talk about how to protect yourself from scammers and give an update on the scams going on now.

"She is also going to talk about what the Attorney General's office is doing to prevent some of the robo-calls, that are getting so frequent right now," Kirk said.

The formal program for the Attorney General's office will be at about 12:30 p.m., Kirk said.

A free lunch will also be available, although a free will donation will also be accepted, Kirk said.

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