“One Stop Free Shop”

Free use of a mobile shower unit; free haircuts for men and women; free flu shots; free blood pressure screening; free blankets; free toiletries, free candy; a free, hot meal; free clothing (socks, underwear, gloves, shirts, sweaters, sweatpants and other items); and free compassion and caring were distributed on Wednesday, February, 28th between 4:00 and 6:30 at the Congregational Church of Patchogue, 95 East Main Street (Long Island, New York).

Access to health and health care is economic, physical, spiritual and political. There is no such thing, for example, as an undocumented flu virus. When one member of a community is helped, all are helped. When the right hand gets soiled from planting flowers, the left hand helps wash it.

With a zero dollar budget but many volunteers; with no proof of need, income or residency requested or required; and with no judgement or stigma about persons in need ~ a marvelous manifestation of hope, healing, health, peace, love and laughter came to town. It is our dream that, with the help of donors, this offering may continue into our bright, shared future.

THANKS TO DONATED SERVICES & ITEMS FROM: the Village of Patchogue Mayor, Paul Pontieri; Suffolk County Leg. Rob Calarco; Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone; Suffolk County Department of Health Services; Suffolk County Department of Mental Hygiene; New York State Office of Mental Health; Hands Across Long Island (HALI) for the mobile shower unit; Hudson River Health (HRH) for blood pressure screening; Swan Cleaners (donated clothes); the Congregational Church of Patchogue Soup Kitchen; and generous contributors of cash, food and clothing from people like you.

Dwight Lee Wolter

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