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Volunteers making a difference . . . 

Friends from Michelin US2 at Sandy Springs and US8 at Starr toured the Free Clinic and helped with relabeling over a 1000 pharmacy bags and marking expiration dates on otc medications for patients. Thank you for all your hard work!!!!

Dedication of the Renee and Robert McCormick Free Clini

The Honea Path Free Clinic was renamed the Renee and Robert McCormick Free Clinic in honor of the long service both Renee and Bob have given to the Free Clinic in Honea Path and to the community in general. Renee was a Founder of the Honea Path Free Clinic, a volunteer nurse and Volunteer Coordinator at the clinic.  Renee wore many more hats including giving time as a Free Clinic Board member, Secretary of the Board and coordinator of the Honea Path area Walk with the Docs. She was an enthusiastic and tireless advocate for those who could not avoid healthcare and had no access to insurance. Her husband Bob was always at her side making sure that the clinic was maintained, doing whatever task  was needed. Below are some photos from both the dedication of the Clinic as the Renee and Robert McCormick Free Clinic and the hanging of the sign at the clinic.

Dedication on May 31, 2018

                     

Hanging of the New Sign August 7, 2018


     

Volunteers making a difference . . .

First Presbyterian Church Youth worked for several hours putting labels and bagging Direct Relief donations of shampoo, conditioners, creams and other self care products. This included tying ribbons on every single bag! These bags will be given to many grateful patients. They also prepared hundreds of donated bags for the pharmacy.  Thank you Garrison, Kenny, Reagan, Tyler, Ellie, Karter and their leaders Kari Morgan (Director of Youth & Rec. Ministry) and Amelia White for spending one of your Serve & Play Days at the Free Clinic!!

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Many thanks to Alex, Kobe, Jake and their leader Jeff Cutler from Upstate Church of Christ for working so hard to make our shrubs, trees and the area in our parking lot look so amazing!  They weeded, trimmed shrubs, cleaned up debris and took care of many other tasks the staff doesn’t have time to do.

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Thank you to Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative for supporting the clinic and the Upstate community in such a generous way. Your gift makes a huge difference in the lives of our patients. What a blessing!

Blue Ridge Fest Presentation 2018

Blue Ridge Electric presented checks to two Anderson area charities from the 21st annual Blue Ridge Fest. Anderson Free Clinic and Hospice of the Upstate both received $17,000 from Blue Ridge Electric’s annual fundraising event. Blue Ridge Fest attracted nearly 6,000 attendees and more than 400 classic cars from across the Southeast to benefit twelve local charities in the cooperative’s four-county service

rea. Since the inception of Blue Ridge Fest, the event has raised nearly $2.8 million for Upstate charitable organizations.

Anderson Free Clinic

Blue Ridge Electric employees Sam McMillan, Amy Duke and Angela Hunter presented a check for $17,000 from the 21st annual Blue Ridge Fest to Anderson Free Clinic. Accepting the check on behalf of the organization is Executive Director, Tammie Collins along with members of her staff and volunteers. Representative Anne Thayer also joined in the presentation.

Since the inception of Blue Ridge Fest, the event has raised nearly $2.8 million for Upstate charitable organizations.

 

In Memoriam

In April, the Anderson Free Clinic and our Honea Path Clinic lost three very dear friends and longtime supporters.   All will be terribly missed by the staff and volunteers of the Anderson and Honea Path Free Clinics.  Remembering their caring, generous spirits by carrying on their work to make life better for hundreds of people living in their community is by far the greatest tribute we can pay.

Renee with Barbara Crawford, HP Clinic Coordinator

Renee McCormick 

Founder of the Honea Path Free Clinic, Renee was a Honea Path Free Clinic volunteer nurse and Volunteer Coordinator.  Her work in Honea Path went well beyond inside the clinic as she worked throughout the community to raise awareness of the importance of healthcare for those who cannot afford it.  Renee and her husband Bob worked tirelessly to make sure the Honea Path clinic was maintained, doing whatever needed to be done to keep the doors open.

 

 

 

Kirk Oglesby and John Miller at Bobbie Oglesby’s retirement party

Kirk Oglesby 

In in his role as President of AnMed Health and after his retirement, Kirk Oglesby was a steadfast supporter of the Anderson Free Clinic. Both he and his wife, “Miss Bobbie” Oglesby, devoted a great deal of time and energy to make sure that everyone in the Anderson community had the healthcare they needed—regardless of their ability to pay.

 

 

Buddy Ware with Renee McCormick at the Honea Path Free Clinic

 

 

Charles “Buddy” Ware

A registered pharmacist for 50 years, Buddy Ware regularly volunteered his services at the Honea Path clinic.  From 2002 through 2016, his presence at Honea Path’s twice monthly clinics enabled prescriptions to be dispensed at the Honea Path clinic, saving Honea Path patients the drive to Anderson to pick up their medicines.