Good Health Naturally Wellness Center of Vancouver, WA Partners with Local Charity to Provide Food and Clothing for Neighbors in Need

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Vancouver, WA chiropractor Dr. Mark Blessley and the team at Good Health Naturally Wellness Center are in the midst of a holiday season of service. The Center donated over 70 pounds of food to local charity Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH) in November and is currently leading a seasonal clothing drive through the end of December to help local residents protect themselves from the winter weather.

We love giving back to the community. Being in healthcare is all about giving, and the rewards cannot be measured. It feels good and it’s just the right thing to do.

Good Health Naturally Wellness Center of Vancouver, WA has teamed up with a local charity called “Friends in Service to Humanity” (FISH) to collect high-quality food and clothing items for people in need throughout the community. According to clinic owner and chiropractor Dr. Mark Blessley, Good Health Naturally timed its back-to-back efforts—a food drive in November and a clothing drive in December—to maximize their benefit. “We collected 71 pounds of food throughout November and waited until after Thanksgiving Day to donate it to FISH, since we understood that there’s typically a slump in giving in the days following major fall and winter holidays. We’re taking a similar approach to seasonal clothing by making our own purchases and collecting contributions from others during December to donate during the early days of January. In both cases, we thought FISH was the best choice for getting our contributions into the right hands and helping as many people as possible.”

Over the years, the team at Good Health Naturally has been actively involved with charities that are focused on providing food and clothing for both special and ongoing requirements in the local community. Dr. Blessley explains, “Our goal has been to help meet some of the most immediate needs our neighbors have—especially seniors and children, since they’re the ones who are most vulnerable to cold and malnutrition. At the same time, we want to encourage others to lend a hand to those who are struggling as well.” For Good Health Naturally, timing is an important part of the “see-a-need, meet-a-need” approach to giving. The Center recently donated 20 stocking hats and 20 pairs of underwear to a local non-profit men’s group, but Dr. Blessley and his team are already anticipating the need for additional cold weather clothing and may make similar donations as needed.

“We love giving back to the community. Being in healthcare is all about giving, and the rewards cannot be measured. It feels good and it’s just the right thing to do.” Dr. Blessley is also quick to point out that giving is a team effort at Good Health Naturally, especially when it comes to encouraging patients and other friends of the Center to participate. “Debbie Seabridge and her daughter made a great poster for the wall of the clinic. Both Debbie and Sandy Horton organized a hutch or pantry area of the reception room to promote the drive and encourage people to give. They brought a lot of energy to the project and did a super job! Dr. Barnick did the research on local charities and helped make the decision to choose FISH in the first place. He’s also been very active talking to patients about the food and clothing drives.”

Asked what suggestions he would offer to others who want to lend a hand, Dr. Blessley’s advice is simple. “You just need to get started. The first thing to do is to find a cause that speaks to you and that you feel will help. Then you take action. We can all help in some way and it doesn't have to be grandiose. People can volunteer time or money. They can give someone a ride to a healthcare facility or even to the store, carry groceries for an elderly person, or offer to help with a child’s school needs. The bottom line is just get involved.”

About Good Health Naturally Wellness Center

Good Health Naturally Wellness Center has been providing “Chiropractic With a Difference” to residents of Vancouver, WA since 2007. The Center specializes in helping people recover from injury or illness and coaching them to make lifestyle choices that minimize future health problems. Services include chiropractic care, massage therapy, cold laser therapy, nutritional counseling and creative visualization and relaxation. Good Health Naturally also offers a variety of rehabilitation and posture aids, nutritional supplements and topicals.

Good Health Naturally Wellness Center
3606 Main St.
Suite 205
Vancouver, WA 98663
(360) 693-7781

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About Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH)

FISH of Vancouver is a Washington State 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that provides emergency food and clothing support to anyone in need, including approximately 4,500 individuals each month. 40% of those who receive support from FISH of Vancouver are children and 10% are seniors. The organization is funded exclusively by private donations and operated entirely through the efforts of dedicated volunteers.

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Dr. Mark Blessley
Good Health Naturally, PLLC
since: 11/2009
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