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February 1 is Give Kids A Smile Day!

Dentists in Snohomish have held Give Kids A Smile events for years, providing thousands of dollars in uncompensated care for children in need Are you planning an event for Give Kids a Smile Day?
February 1 is National Give Kids a Smile day, but here in Washington we’ve always encouraged our members to use the entire month to help those in need receive dental care. The Washington Oral Health Foundation can help in many ways - by helping you promote your event through schools and media outlets, by helping to coordinate larger events involving more than one practice, by providing educational materials, volunteers and program materials, and by serving as a liaison between your practice, area schools and Boys & Girls clubs across the state. The Foundation exists to support WSDA members in a variety of ways throughout the year, but especially during Give Kids a Smile events. As Tom Tidyman, the Foundation’s Director of Programming and Development says, “Any time a WSDA member wants to give back to their community, WOHF would like to be available to lend support however we can.”

If you have an event and need our help, or if you would like to plan an event, but are unsure if you have the time to make it successful (you do, and we’ll help!), call or email Ruth Abate, WOHF Director of Operations and Community Outreach at 800-448-3368 or Abate says, “We have the resources to make your Give Kids A Smile event a huge hit, and the ADA can help, too. Log onto their site here to get helpful tips on how to establish a meaningful and successful Give Kids A Smile event in your community.”

Already have an event in the works?
We want to hear about it — let us publicise your good deeds in the WSDA News and on our blog. Simply send high-resolution images, a paragraph or two about your event (who was involved, how many kids were seen, how much dental work was given away, etc), and the date and time of your event, to WSDA News Managing Editor Rob Bahnsen at The ADA wants to know, too - log on here to register your event.


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