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Donations help free clinic provide care

Staff photo by Zack Steen

Volunteers with Living Free Healthy Medical Clinic recently accepted a $1,000 donation from New Hope Presbyterian Church members, who hosted a series of Lenten luncheons to collect funds for the free medical clinic.

BY ZACK STEEN zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

Donations at the local free medical clinic can go a long way.

That's according to Living Free Healthy Medical Clinic volunteer RN Tommy Bain, who along with other volunteers and clinic founder Dr. Thomas L. Sweat recently accepted a donation from a local church.

During the months of February and March, New Hope Presbyterian Church in Biggersville hosted a series of Lenten luncheons with a series a special guest speakers. A collection was taken at each of the Lenten luncheons and $1,000 was designated to be donated to the free medical clinic in honor of Sweat.

"The money that was donated will be utilized for medications such as diabetes medication, hypertension drugs and antibiotics - we always get generic medicine in order to help care for more people," said Bain. "It will also be used to purchase general medical supplies needed to help continue to perform medical tests."

Open from 1 to 5 p.m. the second Wednesday and fourth Saturday of each month, the clinic provides free medical treatment for Corinth and Alcorn County residents who have no insurance and are unable to pay. The clinic welcomes adults and children age 12 and up.

"Donations are a must for us to continue providing the free medical clinic to those who need medical treatment in the community, but have no way to pay," said Bain. "If it wasn't for donations like this from those people and organizations in the community and support from the Magnolia Foundation, a lot of this wouldn't be possible."

No money is spent on staff, since the clinic is staffed 100 percent by volunteers, added Bain.

The clinic had direct contact with 2,203 patients in 2017.

Located at 2601 Getwell Road, Suite 3 next to Physician's Urgent Care, the clinic's next open date is May 9.

(For more information, to donate or volunteer, call 662-415-9446 or email freemedicalclinic14@gmail.com.)