August 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM CDT - Updated July 21 at 6:06 AM
BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Operation Healthy Delta in Blytheville began Monday.
The operation is put on by the U.S. Army and Air Force, in partnership with the Delta Regional Authority and community leadership.
The nine day operation is offering free health care and screenings, dental work and eye exams.
It’s an operation that couldn't be done without the help of several groups.
“The military has an innovative readiness training program, that is being sponsored by Delta Regional Authority, the city, our local government, our churches an Blytheville Public Schools,” said Blytheville Mayor James Sanders.
The operation isn’t just for residents of Blytheville. Mayor Sanders said it’s a regional program for those who can’t afford a trip to the doctor.
For Blytheville resident, Lue Bertha Ingram, the operation is an answered prayer.
“It hit me right on the spot because I can’t get Medicare or Medicaid,” said Ingram.
Ingram said she was overwhelmed with the generosity of the military personnel.
“When I saw all these Army guys and ladies, I said thank you, Jesus,” said Ingram. We need this in Blytheville,” said Ingram.
The initial assessment will take place at the multipurpose building of the Blytheville Primary School on Byrum Road from 9a.m. to 7p.m.
They are expecting to treat at least 200 people per day through Aug. 13th. Treatment will be given on a first come, first serve basis, so patients are urged to get there at their earliest convenience.
For information to volunteer, please call (870) 763-3602.