If you go
WHAT: Health & Wellness Expo
WHERE: McKendree United Methodist Church,
1570 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Lawrenceville
WHEN: Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 8 am to noon
INFORMATION: mckendreehealthex... or 770.339.9801.
McKendree United Methodist Church is calling its upcoming July 28 event a Health and Wellness Expo, but there's much more to it than that.
Of course they will feature lots of health related services and activities. In response to what the Red Cross considers a critical blood shortage, they will conduct a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in memory of Jim McEntee, a church member who recently passed away.
Visitors can take advantage of the free Georgia Lions eye screening tests and Walgreens blood pressure tests. Gwinnett County Police and Fire Departments will be on hand to provide safety tips and answer questions about their services.
Booths will be set up with information from the Health Department and W.I.C. along with dental referrals.
To help feed the soul, various ministries and volunteer opportunities will be on display including Supreme Outreach food ministry, Lawrenceville Co-op, Stephen Ministers and Prayer Force.
But in addition to helping people be aware of their own health and safety, the Expo provides an opportunity for the community to just get together and enjoy some fantastic freebies.
While there will be no free lunch, some very reasonably priced barbecue will be available. What is free will include kids' haircuts (just in time for going back to school) and legal services. Kids can play on bouncy houses and everyone can participate in lots of take-home craft activities.
On a first-come, first-served basis, 200 lucky children can go home with a free backpack. Children must register upon arrival and claim the backpack in person. Also, several bicycles will be raffled off by McKendree's Bicycle Ministry.
Another freebie worth coming for will be 50 free baby dolls donated by PureFUN, Inc. in Lawrenceville. The dolls are each wrapped in a handmade crocheted blanket and beanie made by the Refugee Sewing Society, a local ministry for refugee women, where they learn to how to make handcrafted items to sell to help their families pay for food, medical care and other basic needs.
"The blanket sets are quite beautiful and look like your grandmother crocheted them," Judy Meador, of PureFUN, said.
The dolls come in four different ethnicities -- Asian, Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic -- and will be given to the first little girls -- or boys -- who claim them. RSS will also be selling clothing sets and nightgowns for the dolls.
And to encourage people to exercise their privilege to vote on what they think should be done to help alleviate the "ills of society," the McKendree Prime Timers will host a voters' registration table.
Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. Email her at email@example.com.