Adams Chapel AME Church

From left, Cheryl Hogan, Rev. Benita Hill, Donnie Davis and Marilyn Friday stand together at Adams Chapel AME Church Saturday during the church’s wellness fair and blood drive.

Adams Chapel AME Church in Harker Heights took an alternative route to spreading the word of God by hosting a wellness fair and blood drive Saturday.

The event was part of the church’s plans to give back to the community, said Cheryl Hogan of Killeen, coordinator of the fair.

“We wanted to make people aware of diabetes, high blood pressure, CPR and the basic things when dealing with an emergency,” she said. “We want to open our doors and fill the community with information, like how to take care of your children or your elderly parents at home.”

Participants were given free high blood pressure and glucose checks and offered information about resources to combat domestic violence. The Fort Hood American Red Cross also conducted a blood drive.

Marilyn Friday of Killeen helped coordinate the event, which also included legal presentations on life insurance and funeral planning.

“A lot of people do not understand the importance of things that need to be preplanned,” she said. “We know death is going to happen, and although we don’t like to deal with it, we need to make plans.”

Activities and food were also available for kids whose parents participated in the event.

“This is the first time we held it for the community,” said Donnie Davis of Harker Heights. “The whole scenario surrounds being a better parent, and we also have family advocates to teach about health and other problems.”

The fair also benefited the church congregation, which primarily is composed of older senior citizens, said Rev. Benita Hill.

“The members are finding themselves at a season in their life where they need information about how to live even longer,” she said. “Christianity in a church is about wholeness, not only spiritually but physically and mentally. Health is such an important part of being a Christian.”

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