Community clinic gets storm-relief supplies for area

By: Jamie Anfenson-Comeau

LSN Writer

EUNICE - Hurricane relief supplies have arrived and are available at the United Community Healthcare Clinic on Moosa Boulevard.

This week, the clinic received 11 boxes of items, such as Tylenol, bandages, toothbrushes and travel shampoo from Direct Relief International, a charitable organization based out of California.

The clinic was one of only four sites in Texas and Louisiana selected to receive the supplies, which are intended for evacuees, displaced families, and families suffering losses from hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Earlier, the clinic received donated supplies of vitamins, Advil, medicated Chap Stick and more from Heart to Heart International of Kansas.

“We’re really grateful to be one of only a few places chosen to receive these supplies,” UCHC Director Yancy Fontenot said. “We’re also really grateful to Federal Express for donating the delivery.”

“For people who can barely afford even the basics, and then they go through something like this, when they get something, it’s just like Christmas for kids,” added Willoma Bertrand, an LPN who works at the clinic.

Giving out hurricane relief supplies is just the latest service the clinic provides. The United Way clinic provides free medical care Tuesday evenings beginning at 3 p.m. to the working uninsured of Evangeline, St. Landry and Acadia parishes who meet financial guidelines.

The clinic also operates a pharmacy, filling prescriptions for the working uninsured and providing medications through the Patient Assistance Program.

Monday through Wednesday, at 8 a.m., the clinic also performs lab work at a discounted fee.

Every third Wednesday of the month, the clinic provides informational sessions on living with diabetes at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the clinic and its services, call 457-1205 Monday through Thursday.

“We want to help as many people as we can, with whatever they need,” Fontenot said.

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