Thousands of uninsured and underinsured people were expected to receive free medical care Thursday at an annual health clinic held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Officials with Care Harbor, which hosts the four-day event, plan to treat more than 4,000 people Thursday through Sunday.
Some 3,000 volunteers from 40 organizations will be on hand to offer medical, dental and vision services, organizers said.
As of 4 a.m., many were already in line outside the venue, some having been there since Wednesday.
“It’s a blessing to come down here and get some free dental work, vision,” said Charles McDowell, who was among those waiting in line. “I need a cleaning, but mostly I need some eyeglasses.
“I came in Sunday, the 27th, at noon, and I left at 8:30 on Monday morning,” he added, describing his previous wait for the wristband that is required for entry into the health clinic.