I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer as a Guardian for a WWII Veteran with South Florida Honor Flight to Washington DC. We flew out of Ft. Lauderdale with 78 other veterans and their guardians to take them on “One last mission” to see the WWII and Korean War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial. It was an awesome day to learn so much from these veterans and hear of the experiences they had and the sacrifices they made. The world would not be what it is today without these brave men and women…truly the greatest generation! When we returned to Ft. Lauderdale airport, there were a couple thousand people on hand to give the veterans a welcome home that they had never gotten after WWII. It was such an honor to be a part of this flight and I am so grateful to have gotten to know my Navy veteran, Chris Nielsen.
On March 24th and 25th, the Florida Dental Association held it’s 3rd annual “Mission of Mercy” dental event offering free dental care to the needy and under-served. The event was held at Woodham Middle School in Pensacola, Florida, where almost 2,000 patients were treated totaling over $1.4 million dollars in free dental care. Volunteer dentists, assistants, hygienists and office staff came from all over the state to help with the logistics of the event, triage and educate patients, and provide dental care raging from cleanings and fillings to extractions and dentures. The Mission of Mercy had 100 dental chairs set up in the school gymnasium, equipped with water, suction and handpieces. Dr. Brian Rask, traveled there to volunteer along with some of his other University of Florida dental school colleagues. “It was a very rewarding experience to be able to use your profession to give back to those in need in your home state. The patients were so appreciative and the volunteers were wonderful to work with.”
From November 2nd through the 11th, you can sell your unwanted or leftover Halloween candy to our dental office for $2 per pound. Your candy will then be donated to Operation Gratitude and sent in care packages to US troops who are overseas. We will also be giving out hygiene goody bags to kids who sell back their candy. Our goal is to raise 50 pounds of candy to donate. It is a great way for your kids to earn a little extra cash and hopefully prevent them from getting cavities! We are also still holding our diaper drive for the Junior League of Boca Raton Diaper Bank for the next two weeks, and if you bring in a box of diapers, you have a chance to win a free Zoom one hour teeth whitening. Thanks for your participation in our community efforts!
How would you like to get your teeth whitened for free? Well, from now until October 29th, we will be holding a diaper drive for the Junior League of Boca Raton’s Diaper Bank. If you bring in a package or box of diapers, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free Zoom! One Hour Teeth Whitening procedure ($500 value).
The average infant or toddler needs 50 to 80 diaper changes per week and access to a reliable supply of diapers for these children’s parents and caretakers is necessary for their health. In Florida, 24% of children live in poverty and diapers cannot be bought with WIC or food stamps. Therefore, these parents must find another way to obtain diapers, especially in order to send their children to daycare while they work. That is where the JLBR diaper bank comes in, as they are the only one in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, by distributing over 50,000 diapers a month. Our goal is 1,000 diapers and with your help, we can contribute to keeping their warehouse stocked!
On Sunday, August 2nd, our office participated in the 8th Annual NFL Alumni Caring for Kids Charity Bowling Tournament at Sawgrass Lanes. This event helped raise money for the Broward Children’s Center, the Children’s Healing Institute and the Exchange Club of Pompano Beach. The event raised approximately $20k! Our own treatment coordinator, Joy, was the top female bowler and won a football autographed by all the players in attendance!
On wednesday, April 29th at Whole Foods in Pompano Beach, the Exchange Club of Pompano Beach will be the receiving 5% of the total sales for the day from this location. These funds will all go towards child abuse prevention in South Florida, one of the Exchange Club’s main goals. April is child abuse prevention month and the Echange Club and Children’s Healing Institiue will be raising awareness about their organizations and how they are working to end child abuse in South Florida. Please come out to Whole Foods Pompano tomorrow and shop to support this great cause. Thank you to Whole Foods for giving back to the community! To learn more about the Children’s Healing Institute go to www.childrenshealinginstitute.org or the Pompano Beach Exchange Club at www.exchangeclubofpompanobeach.com.