Some 20,000 Kootenai County residents live below poverty level. They don't see doctors or dentists, for fear of the expense. They know the discouragement of having to scrimp for groceries and shoes, let alone something extra like a haircut. This fall, a partnership of local health care providers, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and businesses are working to replace that fear and discouragement with hope. The Day of Hope scheduled for Sept. 6, at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, will provide guests with everything from free groceries, shoes, haircuts and family portraits, to health screenings and job counseling. It's also a day to be stress-free, as the event will offer opportunities for fun and entertainment for kids and adults. As many as 4,000 guests are expected to be served, and hundreds of volunteers are needed. "No one group could do this alone," said Rodney Wright, a member of the leadership team. "Here's a chance to consider what we can do if we all work together"/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
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