Children began to arrive at 9:00am where they waited in line to receive various treatments ranging from cleanings, extractions and even stainless steel crowns. Post-treatment the kids were led outside where they were met with a wonderland of games, face painting, and prizes encompassed by live music. In addition to the myriad of activities famous characters such as the tooth fairy, Minnie Mouse, Tigger, Belle, Snow White, Pocahontas, and Jasmine made their rounds to say hello and ease the fears of some frightened children. The magnitude and success of this year’s event required extreme dedication and hard work from students and volunteers that spanned across many months of planning. The compassion that is evident in the hundreds of people that take part to run this event demonstrates the commitment that these healthcare providers and community dental volunteers have to the people they serve. Each year the event grows to become stronger with more volunteers and larger numbers of children treated. Therefore it is exciting to see what the next year will bring.
~Monica Kowalski, Arizona ’14