The Optimist Club will host a blood drive, health fair and car seat exam

June 7 — A local nonprofit organization will host a health fair this Saturday to offer free screenings and exams.

The Duncan Optimist Club will host the health fair in conjunction with its community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at Faith Church.

Ray Christian, president of the Duncan Optimist Club, said the Carter County Health Department will be there as well as the Stephens County Health Department.

“They will screen women for breast cancer and there will be areas of privacy,” he said. “Hearing tests will be carried out free of charge.”

Other checkpoints will include cancer center skin care checks.

Christian said children over one year old will have the opportunity to take various tests. He said they would also provide free medical checkups.

In addition to the health fair, Christian said they will host Safe Kids Car Seat from 10 a.m. to noon.

About two months ago, Christian said they gave away 13 car seats.

While several remain on the list to receive a car seat, he said they should have about 20 to 25 car seats from Oklahoma City by Saturday.

During the car seat check, families can learn how to install a child car seat or booster, as well as whether it’s time to upgrade the seat.

Certain rules apply to receiving a car seat, for example, an expectant mother must be within six weeks of giving birth, a caregiver must be the child’s legal guardian, and a child must be present.

Discounted car seats will be available for $15 for eligible families and proof of government assistance will be required for discounted car seats.

The Wichita Mountains Prevention Network will be at the health fair.

The event may be canceled due to bad weather.

Faith Church is located at 1404 W. Main Street, Duncan.

For more information about the health fair, to register for the blood drive or to donate for car seats, contact Christian at 580-736-2576.

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