TUCSON, Arizona — About 20,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Hope Fest on Saturday, Oct. 22, to receive free medical care, clothing, food and more—and organizers of the event could use some help.
Everyone is invited to drop off donations for the next day’s Hope Fest on Friday. You can bring anything from canned food, to diapers, personal hygiene items, stuffed animals and used clothing.
The “Pack the Park” donation drive is 7a.m. to 7p.m. at Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. This is the first year the organization is hosting the donation event. Lisa Chastain, founder and CEO of Hope Network and organizer of Hope Fest said, “I’ve never engaged the community to give, to donate an item, so it’s just another way that we engage the community to help.”
The annual Hope Fest will start at 9 a.m. The donations from Pack the Park will be given out all day. At the same time, dozens of local businesses and organizations will provide free services to people and families in need.
Doctors, nursing practitioners and registered nurses will give flu shots and check vital signs, blood pressure and glucose levels. They’ll also perform eye and hearing tests, and conduct HIV and pregnancy tests. People who will attend the festival can have their teeth cleaned, examined and X-rayed, and even have cavities filled.
Because there’s such a huge demand, people who need medical or dental services are encouraged to line up 24 hours in advance at the stadium.
Hope Fest is part of the national Make A Difference Day. For more information go to hopefest.com or call 751-4673.
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