Medical Clinic Helps Local Residents
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
CREATED Apr. 4, 2013
Thousands of people will receive free vision, dental and medical care at the fairgrounds in Indio.
We spent the day with some of those here to get help, and they tell us it's improving their lives.
For many people, the world is out of focus without a pair of eyeglasses.
"It's horrible really to be without sight," said Marty Debruyne, who got a new pair of glasses.
Desert Hot Springs resident, Elizabeth Sissons, is thrilled to have her first pair of glasses ever.
"That's why we came here early, because I can't afford it otherwise."
Elizabeth brought an entire group with her.
"I work for a transitional home in Palm Springs called the Path and so we got to bring some of our residents down as well that can't afford these things too," said Elizabeth.
Marty says not having glasses was making it impossible to read.
"I'm going to school at the Mission and I don't have no glasses."
But now he has a new pair of glasses, and is reading once again.
"I'm really grateful for this place," said Marty.
Desert Hot Springs residents, Fabiola and Sergio, arrived at 11:30 Wednesday night and camped, waiting for the clinic to open.
For Fabiola, the destination was the dentist's chair.
"I got three teeth out. A wisdom tooth and then two other teeth out," said Fabiola.
"I got my glasses, going to pick them up right now," said Sergio.
Sergio now has a brand new pair of eyewear.
"It saved us a lot of money, it took a lot of time."
Elizabeth's early morning earned her a free pair of glasses, now the world's a little clearer.
"Excited! Anyways, I want to thank everyone though, because I think it's a great program, and a lot of people need this stuff, so thank you all for being here and volunteering your time," said Elizabeth.
If you want to receive medical services, you don't need to bring anything with you, no ID, no proof of income, just you.
But you need to get up early, tickets to get into the clinic are given out each morning beginning at 3:30am.
This clinic continues through Sunday here at the fairgrounds in Indio.