The month of November usually brings thoughts of Thanksgiving. Beyond the turkeys and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving is really about giving thanks for what you have in your life and being mindful of those less fortunate. Given the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, we should be especially mindful that we have been spared for another year from a similar fate of nature. My best thoughts go with those of you who have family or friends who have been touched by this disaster. With such destruction also comes great need. If you are looking for a way to support those whose lives were damaged in Sandy’s wake, consider a donation to the American Red Cross. They have many ways in which you can share your support. For more information on donation, or to sign up for their disaster relief information newsletter, please visit the American Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/.
While you are thinking about those across the country, remember, too, that there are many here locally who are also in need of support. A total of 7045 homeless residents were found during a count in January, 2011. Of those, less than one-third were in a shelter for the night. These residents are in need of the basics in order to survive. I, along with Gardner Family Health, St. Joseph’s Basilica, CHAM, and the Low-Income Self-Help Center, will be hosting a FREE Downtown Health Fair for uninsured, low-income, and homeless residents. I would like to invite you to join us on November 16, 2012 from 9am to 1pm at St. Joseph’s Basilica in downtown San Jose (80 South Market Street, San Jose). I would like to invite those in need of service to attend to receive:
- FREE Health Screening: glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI, HIV, and more;
- FREE Screenings for CalWorks, CalFresh, General Assistance, and Valley Care;
- FREE Flu Shots;
- FREE Haircuts;
- FREE Blankets, Socks, and Toiletries;
- FREE Lunch provided;
For more information on this event, please contact Lara McCabe at my office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 408-299-5030.