NEESES – The Neeses Health Fair and Community Services event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Neeses Town Hall.

This year's fair will feature adults health screenings by the Regional Medical Center and distribution of health care information by various agencies, along with children's activities.

Sonja Gleaton, event planner and Neeses town clerk for Neeses, said the Health Fair will not have a Halloween theme this year. Children’s activities will take place in the town hall parking lot next to Neeses United Methodist Church, she said.

In addition to free health checks, vendors will be on hand to provide information about the many different services available for people of all ages, Gleaton said.

“The upcoming Health Fair will also feature a variety of topics including Hospice Care services, medical equipment for special needs, recycling demonstrations and information about services for victims of sexual assault,” she noted.

The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties will be the title sponsor of the event and will provide free blood sugar screenings, blood pressure checks and glucose screenings. Fasting the night before is recommended for best test results.

“Test results will be given to participants immediately following the blood screenings. This is a very valuable service that is offered to anyone who would like to have testing done," Gleaton said. "Individuals do not have to live in Neeses to have the free blood screenings."

CASA Family Systems will offer information about the services its provides at no cost for victims/survivors/ families/significant others of sexual assault and family violence. CASA Family Systems services include emergency shelter placement, crisis counseling, information and referral, support groups, community education and more.

Hospice Care of Tri-County, which provides specialized programs of care for patients and their families including home health aides, social workers, speech, physical and occupational therapists, will participate again this year.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to assist parents with child identification kits. The free kits include spaces for recording personal information, fingerprints, hair samples, medical and dental information and a photograph. The Child ID Kits are a useful tool for law enforcement when a child is reported missing or abducted.

Information will also be available at the OCSO's booth about Victim’s Services and Project Lifesaver.

In addition, the Neeses Volunteer Fire Department will distribute free fire safety promotional gifts for children (pencils, badges, coloring books, etc.), and a fire truck will be on display. The department will also be making address signs for homes or businesses for $15 each. Orangeburg County’s new Smokehouse will be an added attraction at the fair this year. Children will have the opportunity to learn how to get out of a burning building safely.

Diane Curlee, education coordinator for the Orangeburg County Conservation District, will demonstrate a fun recycling project, and children will receive booklets from Orangeburg County Litter Control and the Orangeburg County Library.

Others who will have booths include Dr. Craig Draffin Jr., OCAB Neeses Head Start, Odyssey On-Line Learning School, R&J Drugs, Orangeburg County EMS, Neeses Adopt-A-Highway and Neeses Crime Watch.

For more information about the Neeses Health Fair, call 803-247-5811 (leave message and your call will be returned).

Contact the writer: rbaxley37@gmail.com.

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