Region takes stand for needy

Robert Thompson’s white smile was radiant under the lights. It popped. 

As he sat down Friday to get his foot measured for new shoes, his grin was shining ear to ear.

“Oh, yes,” he said. “This is all right.”

Thompson, a homeless man from Hickory, was one of more than 250 homeless or veteran citizens to receive assistance Friday at the inaugural Foothills Homeless Veterans Stand Down at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds in Newton.

The event not only provided the area’s homeless and veteran residents with clothes, shoes and assistance information, but also delivered medical, dental and eye care services for free. The residents also received access to podiatry services, nutrition and health education, social services and mental health and substance abuse services.

Homeless, and needy, men and women took hot showers, received haircuts and ate breakfast and lunch.

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.