Fourth Annual Touched Twice Clinic Assists 675 people in just four hours

The fourth annual Touched Twice Clinic was held Saturday at the new Lisbon School. While the event is held one day a year, the work by organizer Rhonda Larson and countless volunteers goes on throughout the year. Collecting Clothing, school supplies, and food are just a few things that go on behind the scenes before the yearly event can be held.

This year, organizer Rhonda Larson reported that they served 675 people in just four hours. There were 215 volunteers Saturday alone, and more that helped throughout the year. Juneau County School aged children that attended received 400 backpacks filled with school supplies. There were 27 hearing screenings, 53 fluoride treatments, 77 medical visits, 45 family photos, 63 vision screenings, 150+ haircuts and approximately 300 families received multiple food pantry bags of over 15,000 pounds of food. Families were able to get clothing, shoes, books, over the counter medications, household items, and medical equipment such as walkers and scooters.

“The Juneau County Nurses provided booster seats to families with children ages 4-7. They also assisted families in signing up for WIC and the Well Women’s program. Phillips Health Mart, Mile Bluff Medical Center, and the Juneau County ADRC were on hand to promote the services that are available in our area,” explained Larson.

This is the fourth year for the Touched Twice Clinic. Each year the event has grown in volunteers as well as families that attend. Its purpose is to provide a free faith based healthcare clinic for those in need in Juneau County.

“The Touched Twice name is symbolic of touching others both spiritually and physically by providing some basic needs. We have seen the generosity of many businesses, organizations, and individuals in Juneau County in the many donations they have given,” said Larson.

The project is estimated to cost about $20,000 in products and services that are provided at the event.

“We are so fortunate to have people that have a strong desire to give back to our community. They donate their time and money to the Touched Twice Clinic so that we may help others. The Touched Twice clinic could not happened without the, at least, 250 volunteers who have helped in organizing the clinic, sorting clothing, purchasing products, and spending their day assisting families. It gives us great pride in knowing we have made someone’s life just a little better when they find the perfect backpack, a new outfit, get medical care, or even a new haircut. Helping at the Touched Twice Clinic is good for the soul” Larson added.

Many families waited for 2-3 hours before the doors opened, which shows that there is such a great need for basic healthcare and person needs.

“We are so happy to be able to help people and look forward to the next clinic which will be held the first Saturday of August in 2015,” Larson said.

Work by Larson and many volunteers goes on throughout the year to prepare for the one day event that helps so many families. There is always room for more and to learn more about helping, you can friend them on their Touched Twice Facebook page.

The Messenger of New Lisbon – Betty Waits

 

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