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Got a minute? ADA 2016 attendees can participate in '60-second' service project

August 16, 2016

By Michelle Manchir

Denver — Altruistic ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting attendees short on time have a chance to participate in a "60-second service project" that the Alliance of the American Dental Association is spearheading.

The Alliance of the ADA is asking volunteers to help assemble personal hygiene supplies — including toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss — into kits for its Head to Toe project as they pass the Alliance booth in the exhibit hall. The kits will be presented after the meeting to a Denver-based nonprofit organization that provides clothing to underserved populations called Clothes to Kids. The Alliance hopes to assemble 1,500 kits during the three-day exhibition with the help of ADA members and other attendees who can contribute as much time as desired, even if it's only one minute — the estimated amount of time needed to assemble one kit.

"We're proud to adopt a local charitable group to extend our community commitment in our host city," said Alliance of the ADA president Susan Gardner. "We invite you to stop by the Alliance booth in the exhibit hall, put together a kit and join us as we give back to those in need in Denver. Such a small time commitment ensures that everyone who wants to can help; even one kit can make a difference, since volunteers' collective efforts will really add up."
 
Kit assembly will take place at the Alliance of the ADA booth, #3407, adjacent to the ADA Member Center, during exhibit hall hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22.

Dental hygiene items, other toiletries and funds have been donated thanks to contributions from Henry Schein Cares, Delta Dental of Colorado and the Foundation for Dental Health Education. The goal of the project is to provide personal care items to aid the recipient from "head to toe." Alliance members and others who are interested in boosting this project are asked to donate new socks (any size, color or style) for elementary-school-aged children to add to the kits. Donations, including checks of any amount made payable to the Alliance of the ADA, can be sent to Alliance member Leslie Franklin, 10143 E. Aberdeen Ave., Englewood, Colo., 80111. The Alliance asks to receive all support by Oct. 1.

For more information about Clothes to Kids, visit www.clothestokidsdenver.org. For more information about the Alliance of the ADA, visit www.allianceADA.org.