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Four state dental associations stepped up in a big way to help their colleagues in New Jersey recover from Hurricane Sandy.

Unprompted, the California Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, District of Columbia Dental Society and Rhode Island Dental Association collected a combined $47,500 in donations for New Jersey Dental Association members affected by Hurricane Sandy. NJDA matched the donations, resulting in $90,000 to disburse to dentists in need.

Dr. Kevin Collier of Sea Bright, N.J. (see related story in this issue), was one of 11 recipients.

"It was terrific to have this response from our colleagues in other states," said Arthur Meisel, executive director of the New Jersey Dental Association. "I'm in the process of sending out the checks right now. We want to make sure the assistance is meaningful and prompt."