HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Community Free Clinic has been providing health care to Madison county residents for 17 years. 150,000 people who either have no insurance or other access to health care have turned to the clinic since 1999. The clinic is a couple of blocks west of Huntsville Hospital. It’s where people turn who have no other choice to get well. 400 patients show up every month for clinics three days a week.
Shotsie Platt is the director. Three part-time employees and more than 150 health care professionals donate their time to healing the sick. “There are doctors, nurses, pharmacy, lab techs. Everybody's a volunteer,” Shotsie told us.
The clinics website has a list of items it needs. Several groups, including churches, collect items and deliver them to the clinic. Shotsie says, “We are so grateful to this generous community because we really rely on those donations.” The list includes supplies and over the counter medicines.
Shotsie told us about some of the items they need right now, “Brown paper lunch bags to put medications in, aspirin, 81 milligram aspirin, things that people just can't afford to go buy over the counter.”
While donations such as disinfecting wipes and Ziplock sandwich bags are welcome, the director says, “Nebulizers are my biggest need right now. People with allergies, they need their breathing treatment stuff.” We thought we’d help out by giving the clinic director $319 dollars to help the clinic get what it needs to make sure patients who can’t afford health care get the care they need.
When I gave Shotsie the money, she grinned and said, “Thank you. What a wonderful surprise. I didn't know you were going to do this. This is wonderful because is what we need. Cash is always king but, how wonderful. Thank you.” If you’d like to make your own donation or see what the clinic needs when it comes to supplies and medicines or to make a monetary donation, click The Community Free Clinic to visit the website. You can drop off donations at the clinic. It’s at 410 Sivley Road.