Picnic of H.O.P.E.

September 19, 2009 at 8:03 PM 2 comments

Today, the College of Dentistry at OSU participated in an event titled Picnic of H.O.P.E. (Homeless Outreach Programs & Events)

Myself, along with a few of the other students in my program volunteered to participate in this community service event.  Talk about a rewarding experience, I feel so blessed and thankful to have had this opportunity. Various organizations across the city of Columbus came together to provide services to the homeless people. Services included: hair washing and cuts, manicures and pedicures, medical services, dental services, tons of food, raffle giveaways… and much, much more.

About 1,000 , if not more, homeless people from Columbus attended this event.  I cannot even put into words what I saw.  So, so many homeless people and many of them had smiles on their faces.  They were just so grateful to get a change of clothes, food, and even the medical attention that they have so desperately been needing.

My job was pretty simple, I handed out toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss out to everyone.  We also set individuals up with appointments so that they could see a dentist and get treatment, ASAP.  I think that today, each of our lives were put into perspective.  As students many of us complain about how “poor” we are and how little money we have, but many of us don’t even know what it means to be poor.  As we were helping individuals fill out paperwork, we noticed that one homeless man put his address down as “woods,” another woman said she didn’t have a home and asked if she could leave that portion blank.  Wow, my eyes have been opened.

All I can say is, I am SO blessed and SO thankful.

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  • 1. barefaced  |  September 20, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Great events like that always put things in perspective for me too! I’m glad that you enjoyed H.O.P.E and that it was truly a success. Miss you!

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  • 2. debbie  |  September 20, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Events like that always humble us, don’t they?

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