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Brookhaven children’s health fair will be free to public

All children in Brookhaven age 5-18 are encouraged to attend a free health fair Saturday.

The first-time event is hosted by Ward 2 Alderman Shannon Moore.

“It’s my way of trying to bring the community together,” Moore said. “We’re trying to do something positive for the community. We’ll do anything for the kids.”

Though Moore serves Ward 2, the health fair is open to children all over the city.

It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alexander Teen Center. Screenings will be performed by United Health Care for dental, vision and general health, Moore said.

As an added incentive, those children who are members of the UHC Community Plan will receive a $25 Mastercard gift card upon completion of the screening, he said.

Families are encouraged to stay for free hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn and drinks. Moore and his wife, Valerie, will also provide games and and an inflatable jumper as well as face painting. Some children’s characters will also make an appearance.

“It’s going to be a fun event for the kids, actually for the whole family,” he said. “We’re going to keep them entertained and feed them at the same time.”

Brookhaven Fire Chief Tony Weeks and Police Chief Kenneth Collins will provide emergency vehicles for the children to tour.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not necessary for the health screenings. To register, call Valerie Moore at 601-695-0556.

Moore also plans to organize a community Thanksgiving dinner in November, which will also be held at the Alexander Teen Center.

Shannon Moore