Hundreds stand in line for free care from St. Thomas Health

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Keena Kleckley helped guide patients at Saint Thomas’ Medical Mission at Home from the screening area to where they would wait for medical, dental or vision checkups.

Some patients came for all the checkups, while others came to the Municipal Auditorium for a particular service. There were about 100 people registered and an estimated 300 more in line at 8:45 a.m. Some camped out overnight; others arrived before the sun came up.

Kleckley was excited, and grateful, to be sitting behind a rectangle table handing out color-coded cards because in 2014 she had been on the other side, waiting to get a tooth pulled.

Kleckley lived with her three teenage children in 2014 in the Salvation Army shelter on Dickerson Pike. Her daughter, Damisha Harris, now a senior at Maplewood High School who aspires to be a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, suggested Mom come to the event to get an aggravating tooth pulled.

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