John C., 14, gleefully raised his hand when his raffle number was called Saturday at the first-ever HCPS Integrated Healthcare Clinic Family Fun Day & Health Fair. He won a donated $25 gift card for ALDI.
“What I’m going to do is get some stuff I really need,” John said. “What I really need are snacks! Because when I go to school, I’m going to need it.”
John was one of more than 120 children who attended the fair, an effort for the HCPS Integrated Healthcare Clinic to help children and the community prepare for the coming school year.
The fair included free vaccinations, school supplies, bike helmets, food, games and giveaways, many from sponsors. ALDI donated $1,000 in gift cards, the AT&T Pioneers donated school supplies, Cigna donated backpacks and Texas Children’s Hospital donated bike helmets and bike lights.
Wesley Windom, of Respectful Zone Emergency Shelter, said he brought John and 15 other youth to the fair as a regular weekend outing.
“This was a lot of fun for them,” Windom said. “A great way to spend a Saturday morning.”
More than a dozen community vendors also provided attendees with information to help their families with everything from healthy living to home buying.
The HCPS Clinic provides medical, dental and behavioral health services in one location for children in the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
For more information about the clinic, contact 713.295.2570.