"BCPD’s Lettie Ramos gets dream come true at health fair" by: Mike Reddell

At right, one of the five stylists at BCPD’s health fair gets a boy ready for school with the help of mom.
Sentinel Photo by Mike Reddell

   After four years of coordinating Bay City Police Department’s Social Wellness Health Fair, Lettie Ramos had one of her longtime dreams for event become reality last week.
   That dream for Ramos was providing free school-appropriate haircuts and five local stylists volunteered their time and talents to cut hair for more than 50 children at the fair last Thursday, Aug. 8.
   It was the first year since the event start that free haircuts were offered – a help to many families who haven’t recovered from Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and can’t afford to get their hair cut - said Ramos, BCPD’s Crime Victim Liaison.
   “We all want to look good and the haircuts help some people’s self-esteem,” Ramos said.
   An estimated 400 people were at this year’s health fair, where 150 children get backpacks for school thanks to a donation from Humphries Dental and Bay City Imaging.
   Other school supplies were furnished by WoodmenLife and the American Legion Post No. 11.
   There were 35 local social service agencies represented at the fair, Ramos said.
   Ramos said she was inspired to begin the wellness fair after people approached her, in many places throughout Bay City, asking for information on who to turn to for help.
   “These are the people who can help you,” Ramos said of the social service agencies at the fair.  

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