Health Department hosts Christmas parties for families

Published 9:31 am Monday, December 15, 2014

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Clients of the Carter County Health Department were invited to a special Christmas Health Fair Friday afternoon.
Families who were a part of one of the home visiting programs were treated to an afternoon of games, snacks, presents, health information and Santa.
Carter County Health Department employee Stephanie Hopson said the fair was a way to bring families together for an afternoon.
“We want to get families out to mingle with one another,” Hopson said. “They are also provided with health information as well as some Christmas treats.”
During the fair, families were invited to bring their children to the health department for a few hours. Parents were given information on the Imagination Library, WIC, dental care, the health department’s primary care clinic and TENNderCare.
Children got the chance to share their Christmas wish list with Santa, pick out a new toy as a Christmas present and play a few games.
Gloria Guy attended the fair with her daughter and grandchildren. She said she enjoyed the opportunity to meet other families in the county.
“It is good to come out and do something as a family,” she said. “It shows that they care about what is going on in the community.”
Emma Grindstaff also attended the fair with her daughter and granddaughter. She noted it was her second year coming to the event.
“It is a great fair,” she said. “There is a lot of good information available, and the kids get to meet Santa.”
Hopson said the fair was something she hoped would continue in the future.
“This is our second annual, so we are hoping it is something we can do over again,” she said.
The fair was open to participants in the Help Us Grow Stronger, Child Health and Development and Children Special Services programs.

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