Community Foundation helping plan free dental clinic

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Carroll County Community Foundation is leading the area's planning for a free dental clinic operated by Arkansas Mission of Mercy as part of the Arkansas Dental Association.

The free clinic will be held on May 8 and 9 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale, exit 72 off of U.S. Hwy. 540.

The doors open at 7 a.m. and it is "first come first served." Fillings and extractions are offered at no cost; no income requirements. Both children and adults are welcome.

In 2008, in the Little Rock area, more than $643,000 of donated dental care was provided. Involved were 143 dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, pharmacists, nurses, support staff and 790 volunteers. Patients treated totaled 1,569 with 2,816 extractions and 1,711 fillings.

Interested volunteers can see the volunteer job descriptions at www.ardental.org, click on Mission of Mercy (blue border) and click red. A video about the free clinic can be seen on-line.

Telephone the Carroll County Community Foundation at (479) 253-8203 to arrange a ride, or to volunteer or donate money to support the free clinic.

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