On Saturday, Nov. 4, one of the best examples of community collaboration -- the annual Community Health and Care Fair -- will fill the old gym of Payson High School.
Every year, the health and care fair offers residents the change for convenient checkups and immunizations on a day when parents are usually off work and have time to take advantage of medical care they may not otherwise be able to afford.
According to organizers, this year was more popular than ever with nonprofits and health care professionals stepping forward to participate.
In light of the approaching day, we would like to take a moment to recognize everyone who gives up a Saturday to have a booth at this fair.
The fair is a chance for uninsured parents, who may put off medical care for their children because of fear of the cost, to get their sons and daughters examined -- dental exams, immunizations, physicals, vision and hearing tests will be available.
For adults, flu shots will be available for $20.
We would also like to remind readers, that the weekend health fair is not just about shots and blood pressure tests.
It's also a chance for residents to talk to members of the nonprofit community about volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved and give back.
Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers/Big Sisters will have a booth, as will service organizations such as the Payson Rotary Club and Kiwanis.
The fair began in 1999 and attracted 600 visitors this past year.
Most of the services and consultations are free, but visitors can help by donating nonperishable food, eyeglasses and hearing aids.
The fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Payson High School old gym (use parking lot off Longhorn Road).
For more information, call (928) 472-2588.