MISSOULA - People from all over the Missoula community came together Friday to put on an event to help others in need.
“We have our 12th annual project community connect which is put together by the at-risk housing coalition," event organizer Theresa Williams said. "So that's a lot of agencies that are working on the issues around low-income housing and homelessness.”
A lot of agencies was an understatement for this event -- anything you could possibly need was available to these targeted communities.
There was a variety of food and beverages being handed out by different volunteer groups. You could receive a new haircut, dental treatment or even medical attention like vaccines, which were offered on site.
Bradley Applegate a registered nurse and infectious disease specialist was on site to deliver some of these vaccines.
“But you know when people don't have health insurance its a real barrier to getting good health care and that's why this outreach that we do especially with the backing of the blue cross blue shield caravan service allows us to offer such an incredible deal free vaccinations all you have to do is show up.”
And all you had to do is show up for a number of different services. One of those services was free clothing which was available in a large quantity because of the generosity the Missoula community showed.
Project Community Connect co-chair Bertie Pearson talked about some of what went into setting up the clothes drive.
“We had bins set up all over Missoula and people filled the bins with clothes and the three of us emptied the bins sort all the clothes and end up bringing them out here to get.”
The hard work put in by these three was enough to bring in more clothing than last year -- and give some people some much-needed relief
Sharon Balison another co-chair was taken back by the number of thanks given to the volunteers, "people have been so thankful so wonderful ya we've been hugged and told thank you a hundred times. People really do appreciate it.”
While people in need appreciate the volunteer's efforts so did Williams.
“We could not have done this without our community and our volunteers we have social work students this year that are helping us we have volunteers that have been doing this for years as well so we could not make this event happen if we didn't have community volunteers.”