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More than 1,000 receive free healthcare
The Press-Enterprise

They started lining up before midnight with severely decayed teeth, untreated diabetes and blurry vision. By the time a free one-day dental, health and vision clinic opened at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, there were at least 500 people queued up outside the César Chávez Community Center on Riverside’s Eastside.

Inside, dentists, doctors, optometrists, nurses, acupuncturists and other volunteers — some who flew in from as far away as the Bay Area — were preparing for the onslaught of patients.