Baptist Health to Give Away Backpacks With Cold-Weather Necessities to Underserved

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – For those living on the streets, predictions that this may be one of the coldest winters for Arkansas means scrabbling to find shelter and cold-weather clothing. While both are a top priority, it’s often difficult to find either when times are hard.

In an effort to help the underserved stay warm, Baptist Health Community Outreach will be handing out more than 100 free backpacks – each filled with a sweat suit, warm socks, gloves, hat and hygiene products – at their annual Christmas giveaway on Thursday, Dec. 11. This year Baptist Health employees had the opportunity to donate items for this event, too.

Baptist Health Community Clinic (BHCC), located at First Presbyterian Church Stewpot at 800 Scott St. in Little Rock, is home to one of Baptist Health’s 18 community wellness centers. BHCC, which is funded by a grant from Bank of America, is a community clinic targeting the homeless and indigent population and offers free health screenings and services in addition to basic first aid and parasitic treatment. The wellness center is open weekly and staffed by nurses. Clients also have the opportunity to see a volunteer physician on the third Thursday of each month.

With more than 175 points of access, including eight hospitals, Baptist Health is committed to delivering “All Our Best” in healthcare to the people of Arkansas. For more information about Baptist Health’s community wellness centers, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST.