E’Lom launching Health Fair and Clothes Drive in Stockbridge

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

Stockbridge native Quisha E’lom isn’t waiting to complete her education before making her mark, and helping people at the same time.

Instead, she is spearheading a new effort to shine a spotlight on the community she calls home.

“I wanted to do something to benefit the community and local small businesses,” says E’lom, 26. “A lot of the major, big brands have taken away business from smaller, local companies in Stockbridge. I just wanted to highlight the local businesses in the community, or bring awareness to them.”

E’lom is getting the word out about a Health Fair and Clothes Drive, set for March 14 from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the Ted Strickland Community Center in Stockbridge. The free event will be hosted by M4 Graphics LLC, a Stockbridge business owned by E’lom’s father, Darson.

Quisha E’lom is coordinating the event to help her complete an online master’s program at Full Sail University, which is based in Winter Park, Fla. The health fair will feature glucose screenings, exams for blood pressure and blood sugar, nutritional recipes and vitamin samples.

“We will have a few vendors set up that are local Stockbridge businesses, and we will also call out the names of the businesses that donated the gifts to give away over the PA system,” says E’lom. “So there will be constant mentions on the PA about the local businesses, sponsors, and key people that helped make this a success.”

A health and wellness vendor, E’lom adds, will be on hand to educate those in attendance about healthy eating habits. Attendees at the event are encouraged to donate clothes for the drive to benefit Haven House, a domestic-violence shelter in McDonough.

The occasion will also include a raffle for prizes, goodie bags, free T-shirts, face-painting, snacks, a live DJ and a contest for local restaurants to determine which one serves the best iced tea.

E’lom graduated from Stockbridge High School in 2006 and is finishing up her master’s classes while caring for her six-year-old daughter, Jade. E’lom says she is grateful for leaders in Stockbridge – specifically Mayor Pro Tem Alphonso Thomas – for backing her endeavor.

“He’s been a great supporter from the beginning,” she says.

E’lom says she hopes area businesses will continue to get the recognition they deserve long after she’s done with her coursework.

“I would love for this to be a yearly event,” she says.

For more information, visit the M4 Graphics LLC Facebook page, or http://m4graphicsllc.com/