Presentation to the Hickory City Council on June 5, 2012 by Dr. Dave Hamilton and Dr. William Litaker Regarding Missions of Mercy, a Free Dental Clinic to be held on July 27 and 28, 2012 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.
Free Dental Work will be provided to those in need by Dentists and Dental Hygienists in our area. There are other volunteers that are needed. The issue in ensuring that this project is successful isn't finding people with dental needs. It is finding people who are willing to volunteer time to make this a successful event. This event is meant to help people throughout the Unifour area.
A Power Point presentation was shown:
9.5 million people in North Carolina. 1 in 10 people in North Carolina experience a lack of access to regular Dental care and it is getting worse. The North Carolina Dental Society has stepped in and begun a statewide initiative called the North Carolina Missions of Mercy (M.O.M.) Program that will provide Adults with free dental care. Each year a dozen M.O.M.s are staged across our state. Since 2003, M.O.M.s $14.3 million in Dental care and 40,000 patients. In 2011, this program provided $4.2 million to 8,200 adults.
At least 200 volunteers are needed to help process patients, serve food, and help with cleanup. Sponsors are needed to provide time and money. $25,000 is being spent by the Dental Society to bring the event to Hickory. $8,000 has been raised so far.
Leo Rosten - ""The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."
40 chairs will be set up. They hope to see 500 patients in need. Cleaning teeth, doing, fillings, Dental Extractions will be some of the services provided. This is a drop in the bucket of what needs to be done. A clinic in Charlotte last year treated 1,300 people. How we respond to this will determine whether we can ever do this again. If successful, we can do this every year.
North Carolina Missions of Mercy Link
American Dentists Care Foundation Missions of Mercy
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