In just a few hours the gates to SC Mission 2012: Midlands and Dental Access Days will open to provide free medical, eye care and dental services to about 2,000 people.

The gates will open at the SC State Fairground for patients at 4 am to start filling out paperwork. Medical and dental care will begin at 6 am.

This is the second year this two-day event will be held in Columbia. In 2010, was held in Greenville.

This will be my third year volunteering.

I remember each year and several of the people that have received services. At SC Mission 2010: Greenville, it was Judi from Ninety-Six. She along with several others arrived the evening before the event to insure that they would be seen and receive all of the services. She like the other five people that were in line before 7 pm hadn’t seen a physician in years.

At SC Mission 2011: Midlands, there was Barbara, who was the first patient. She told me how she had to retire early to take care of her parents, both whom are now deceased and now taking care of four young family members. She is thankful to be a healthy person, but has struggled with her teeth for some time. She needed teeth extracted to relieve her of pain that she had been living with.

There will be a lot of people that will be able to receive needed services. With more than 840,000 uninsured South Carolinians, the services are greatly needed.

I will be one of more than 1,000 people volunteering during the two-day event. Have you volunteered for one of our SC Mission events?