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UL Nursing students seek donations for homeless outreach

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Donations are being sought for homeless outreach program created by UL Lafayette nursing students.

UL nursing students will offer health screenings to the city's homeless and need the public's help. The event, called Giving HOPE - Homeless Outreach Providing Essentials, will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at St. Bernadette's Clinic, 409 St. John St., in Lafayette.

Organizers say the event will focus on preventive care.

Nursing students will provide blood pressure and oxygen level checks, body mass index calculations, bone density screenings, and diabetes information.

They'll also perform vision checks and provide free reading glasses to people who need them. Several companies that have partnered with the nursing college will provide lunch, blood sugar checks, socks, haircuts, snacks and rain ponchos.

As part of the event, students are asking the public to help them secure those vital, which include:

  • lightly used or new men's tennis or walking shoes
  • light, neutral color blankets
  • to-go foods, such as granola bars
  • lightly used or new backpacks
  • little combs or brushes
  • bandages
  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • mints or gum
  • small tissue packets
  • hand wipes
  • nail clippers 
  • gift certificates in small amounts for fast food restaurants

Donations can be dropped off at V.L. Wharton Hall, Room 322B through Monday, March 5.

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