What is a student going to do with his/her used textbooks? Selling them back to the bookstore is the obvious answer, but he/she can use them to make a difference. A textbook donation drive is being held now through the 14th. Students can donate their old books, and the money will go to the Hope Clinic.
The Hope Clinic is a Christian organization that provides medical services to those in need. They help the misfortunate with no insurance. One can donate outside of the library, Student Center, and dorms including Hill, Hoyt, Phelps, Sellers, Best and Wise. Even the smallest amount of money will make a difference.
The clinic provides 10,000 hot meals and groceries to the needy, over 1,700 households benefit from this program. More than 2,300 people receive dental through the clinic as well. They have 100 volunteer medical professionals who visit 6,000 patients, and11,000 prescriptions are filled each year. That is 11,000 people who do not have to worry about paying the high price of medicine.
According to their Web site the Hope Clinic provides, “compassionate and practical help to those in need. We offer medical care and dental care to the uninsured, plus a variety of social services to minister to the whole person.”
The clinic has an office at 518 Harriet St. in Ypsilanti. They hope to increase the services they offer, some include providing products for babies, financial assistance, laundry services and more. They take donations of not only money, but also everyday necessities like soap and food. The clinic helps play a vital role in charity. Instead of giving away toys, it gives away peace of mind. What good is a toy to a dead person? The clinic is vital to the support of the less fortunate.
For more information go to www.thehealthclinic.org.