Ron Lamb, DMD, President of World Dental Relief and the 2012 ADA Humanitarian of the Year (shown) welcomes four pallets July 15 at the World Dental Relief headquarters in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Inside these packages: 50,000 Benco Brands toothbrushes on behalf of the PRO-SYS® BuyOne, Give One effort.
Among the benefiting organizations from this donation is KinderSmile Foundation, one of the groups that World Dental Relief supports. KinderSmile, founded by a dentist, Dr. Nicole McGrath, helps children in need; it provides free dental care to underprivileged children in New Jersey and abroad, and advocates for the increase in oral care access and oral care education for low-income children.
Dr. McGrath runs afterschool programs at the behest of school nurses who have shared with her that the students don’t have toothbrushes. Because of Benco Brand and PRO-SYS, these students will now have a toothbrush in the goodie bags KinderSmile prepares for each child they help.
Benco Brand and PRO-SYS help serve the less fortunate at home and far away by supporting three organizations: Headstart, America’s free preschool for the less fortunate, Health Volunteers Overseas, whose dental team brings toothbrushes to parts of the world where children cannot afford them, and Donate A Toothbrush, which partners with World Dental Relief to provide brushes to 400 dental missions worldwide.
Now partnered with World Dental Relief, Donate a Toothbrush provides brushes to 400 dental missions worldwide. It all began with teenagers in New Jersey, the Alenick sisters, Paige and Ashley, who dreamed of a world where every child could have a toothbrush.
World Dental Relief, a long-established 501 (c) organization, sponsors 400 -plus dental missions worldwide annually. Though the organization has been offering free dental work to those in need for many years, it never had a source for free toothbrushes to give to patients – until PRO-SYS® and Donate A Toothbrush.
Thanks to national dental distribution company Benco Dental and PRO-SYS, thousands will have a toothbrush!