Group’s advice to Longview mission clients: Stay hydrated
POSTED: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 7:14pm
A group of volunteers has summer advice for Longview’s less-fortunate residents who often are outdoors: Stay hydrated and in the shade.
The volunteers talked Tuesday morning at Newgate Mission on ways to beat the heat.
Newgate clients are people who need assistance with basic needs such as meals, finding work and a place to stay. The agency provides meals and counseling services, but is not a facility where people can stay overnight.
The volunteers were members of a nonprofit agency called 26:12 — the name based on a Bible verse from Isaiah.
In addition to sharing tips on keeping hydrated and avoiding sunburn, volunteers also distributed bags full of items such as sun block and sports drinks.
“We wanted to cover all aspects,” said Hayley Stansberry, a registered nurse who works with the group.
“We didn’t want to just come in and give them a bunch of stuff without sharing our knowledge and interacting with them.
“At the same time, giving them tips to avoid dehydration and sunburn wouldn’t have been much good if we didn’t also give them some of the tools they needed, like sun block and beverages.”
Stansberry discussed strategies for keeping cool when retreating into an air conditioned home or office isn’t a viable alternative. These strategies included drinking plenty of water and other fluids — but not beverages containing caffeine or alcohol — and avoiding the direct heat of the sun, instead seeking out shaded areas and wearing hats and sun block.
“It’s important the clients here understand why we’re giving them these things and know that people in the community, not just those here at Newgate, are concerned about their well-being,” Stansberry said.
The nonprofit agency provides opportunities for employees of Accolade Home Care to volunteer their services, she said.
Cassy Nelson, a Newgate client, said she appreciated the volunteers.
“People who have no choice but to be outside a lot need to be reminded of what safety precautions we should be taking when the temperatures are really high,” Nelson said. “This was a good example of the Lord blessing us.”
Another client, Wesley Moore, said he was happy that Stansberry was able to answer his specific concerns about how dehydration might affect his diabetes.
“They really wanted to talk to us and learn the specific factors we’re dealing with,” Moore said. “They treated us as individuals, which is good. I’m glad they came out.”