The day started cold, with a light rain, and a bit windy. We were well prepared, had a great set up crew, and our pre-clinic work went smoothly. Clinic opened right on time at noon, with a lot of folks ready to take advantage of our services.
We had a big need for Healthcare today, with 34 patients. Our doctor was going non-stop all day, and once things got rolling, Wound Care was very busy too. A dog fight added another 2 human patients. One of the owners was bitten on both thumbs, so we patched him up, as well as the bite on his dog.
Large amounts of Herbal Medicine were prescribed and sent away with folks today. We try to give folks Herbal Medicine whenever possible, because it is much safer than pharmaceuticals, and has less side effects. For the unhoused, it is a much safer alternative being as anyone carrying pharmaceutical meds is a target for thieves.
Hospitality fed maybe 50 folks with about 160 sandwiches, Burrito Brigade burritos, and a load of yummy pastries, cakes, and breads dropped off by some wonderful folks during clinic.
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, reading glasses, socks, and other items went quickly, as well as a lot of clothes.
A car pulled up around 2pm, and a woman jumped out and donated several sleeping bags, and a huge armload of winter coats. She said her family was moving to Costa Rica soon, so wouldn’t need them anymore. It was a huge deal for many of our visitors who desperately needed warm clothing.
Homeless Hounds came and gave some special attention to a lot of the four legged friends.
BELOW is a work of art one of our unhoused visitors shared with us today. He loves to make and share art, but he said it is hard for him, as his art works often get soaked with rain, or stolen.
It was another great day under the bridge with fantastic volunteers and very grateful patients and visitors!