Hope Fest annual event to help those in need

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - This will be the 21st year that Hope Fest has happened in Tucson.

Hope Fest is a time when local businesses, non-profits, government and church communities come together and give their time and resources to help those in need.

Services provided include both medical and dental care, as well as groceries and hygiene items.  Personal care is provided as well, with haircuts and clothing.  These are provided to the homeless, working poor and underprivileged families.

There will be more than 50 reputable and established programs available to attendees to help connect them to ongoing care.

Volunteer doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses will be on hand to check vital signs, blood pressure, and glucose levels as well as do testing for pregnancy and HIV.  Eye and hearing tests will be done, in addition to flu shots for those in need.

Before the Hope Fest event on October 19 (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), there will be a Hope Fest 'Pack the Park' donation drive, on October 18 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kino Stadium. 

Hope Fest organizers are looking for items like gently used clothing, (new) hygiene items, canned foods, diapers and stuffed animals.

These items will then be dispersed to attendees of Hope Fest the following day.

For those interested in volunteering or donating at Hope Fest please go online to www.hopefest.com for more information.

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