October 9, 2021 marked a very important comeback of Living Hope’s Healthy Palooza, a community health fair within the Juniata Park region of Philadelphia. Healthy Palooza started in 2012 as a way for our church to reach out to the community. It provides free flu vaccines and other health screenings. Alongside, we partner with many different organizations within the community to give free resources and health education as well. Years past, we even had a designated Kids’ Zone that had fun games, face paintings, and prizes for kids. It’s a safe way to provide childcare while parents got to spend time in the health fair. But, 2016 was the last time we had the health fair.
After the crazy year of 2020 and the pandemic, our members felt called to revive Healthy Palooza for 2021. With the pandemic in mind, we kept the fair very small. We provided free flu vaccinations and even had some Pfizer vaccines as first come first serve. It was truly a blessing to see the members of our church come out to help. Everyone that stopped by from the community was full of smiles and hope that we continue the tradition again. We pray that God will lead us. And, if it’s His will, we will grow and reach more of the city through the gift of service.