Health and Healing; A community event in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Church on the Street held its Health and Healing event on Saturday.

“You definitely get an eye-opening experience to know exactly where the struggles are within our community,” said volunteer Charity Bergheim.

Church on the Street, other South Dakota organizations and volunteers gathered at First Lutheran Church in downtown Sioux Falls for this health and healing event for those in need. Luke Senst, director of media ministries for Church on the Street, explains what they do.

“We have a pastor, then a few staff members and a lot of volunteers who put on events like this. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to put on great events like this,” Senst said.

Participants could have their nails done or receive a haircut. They could also have professional photos taken and taste Pizza Ranch dishes.

“There are a lot of moving parts, and it’s really amazing to see the community come out and help out voluntarily,” Senst said.

Students and staff at the University of South Dakota offered free oral cancer screenings and fluoride treatments.

“It allows us to provide services to people who wouldn’t normally get those services, not only is it good for them but it’s also a great learning experience for our students as they learn that it’s is important to give back to the community,” said Katie Williams, assistant professor for the USD dental hygiene program.

You’ll be able to spot giant bouquets of cotton candy from Candy Cloud Factory as well as arts and crafts stations, balloons, and face painting.

“Seeing all the many faces, smiling, coming in, getting different things, it’s honestly…really God’s work going on here,” Senst said.

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