Operation Day of Hope serves more than 1,000

Hospice specialist Konnie Strom spoke with visitors at Operation Day of Hope.                - Richard D. Oxley / North Kitsap Herald
Hospice specialist Konnie Strom spoke with visitors at Operation Day of Hope.
— image credit: Richard D. Oxley / North Kitsap Herald

POULSBO — It’s been said that the early bird gets the worm. The sentiment is true when it comes to Operation Day of Hope in Poulsbo.

Operation Day of Hope is Gateway Fellowship’s annual day of free services offered to the community. From dental work to clothing and more, those in need can come to the Poulsbo church to get what they need.

Free haircuts and dental work were among the highest demanded services on Oct. 19 — so much, that appointments for the day filled up fast.

“Those two areas are probably the two highest in demand,” Pastor Dave Fischer said. “We know that we cannot meet the demand for all who want those services … Those who come earliest have the best chance at getting those services.”

He added, “When they are full, we just can’t take any more appointments due to the space and time required.”

Nearly 450 volunteers helped the effort. Church officials report that firm numbers are not yet available, but they do know that Operation Day of Hope served between 1,000 and 1,200 members of the community.

The clothing drive saw between 8,000 and 10,000 items of clothing given away, and approximately 550 bags of groceries given out.

More than 1,000 people also enjoyed a hot lunch that day.

“The dental clinic was packed all day, the medical clinic was full, many (people) got haircuts and manicures, the lawyers helped many folks, hearing tests were given and many resources were shared,” Fischer said.

“It was a wonderful day of giving back to our community and we are so grateful for the opportunity.”

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