Torrential downpours didn’t hinder attendance at the August 6th Mercy Kids Health Fair and Teddy Bear Clinic in Fort Scott, Kansas. Over 100 happy and eager children braved the rain to learn more about the human body and ways to keep it healthy.
At the Teddy Bear Clinic, kids were able to get a glimpse inside the daily operations of a clinic setting by allowing their stuffed animal or doll to experience some of Mercy’s services. From x-rays to vaccinations - even stitching up cuts - kids walked their prized possessions through the process and found that a visit to the doctor's office doesn't need to be scary.
In the lobby, a variety of other Mercy co-workers shared details about more service lines and community and business partners offered screenings and other health and safety-related information.
Outside (as weather permitted), Mercy EMS and the Fort Scott Fire Department displayed emergency vehicles and other cool stuff that intrigues a kid's imagination. The local Boy Scouts and Mercy Health for Life set up fitness activities get kids moving and encourage the use of every-day objects for exercise.