All Give Kids A Smile events at the Howard University College of Dentistry are special, but this year was especially touching when the school opened its doors to more than 90 migrant children in the D.C. area.
Jose Garcia, D.D.S., a second-year pediatric dental resident at Howard, was one of the coordinators of this year’s event. It was his idea to provide dental care to the migrant children after volunteering with a local mutual aid group.
“I was seeing so many kids with dental pain who needed to get looked at,” said Dr. Garcia, who received his dental degree from Howard in 2019. “That's where I got the idea of trying to see if we could find a way to help them at the dental school.”