With the recent national commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, fresh on the minds of many is how each of us can help others. As stated by Dr. King: “Anyone can be great – because anyone can serve.”
In our local community, there are many who are taking those words to heart as they use their own talents to give back to the community.
In today’s difficult economy, many people are jobless and therefore without medical insurance to take care of even the most basic health care needs. Much recent good work in the community has focused on filling this void in particular.
On Saturday, local professionals provided free medical and massage services at Bethel Community Church in Washougal as part of “Compassion C/W.” The organization provides these services on a regular basis for individuals who do not have access to health care.
Led by nurse practitioner Sarah Russell, the clinic volunteers saw 16 individuals who received care for respiratory illnesses and blood pressure issues, as well as diabetes and routine medications. Free dental services, such as extractions, fillings and checkups, will be provided next week.