Wichita, KS (Oct. 15, 2012) — Help a child sleep at night without dental pain. Give a young girl confidence to smile at her middle school. Provide much-needed dental care to a father – who has given everything he has to care for his children. The Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation’s Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) has made stories like these possible, and is preparing to change even more lives, one smile at a time.
The twelfth Kansas Mission of Mercy free dental project will take place March 1-2, 2013 at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, KS. This will also mark the ten-year anniversary of the project.
“We are pleased to be able to return to Wichita and to provide dental services to the Wichita area,” said Greg Hill, Executive Director of the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation. “Since we were here last, our volunteers have treated thousands of Kansans in six other communities in different regions of the state.”
Since its inception, 6,546 Kansas Mission of Mercy volunteers have helped to provide 21,317 patients with much needed care valued at more than $11 million.
“While we are able to provide over one million dollars in dental care, there are costs that we incur in order to deliver that care,” says Hill. “These include things like use of the facility, food, volunteer shirts, and the rental of the dental equipment we need to do our work.”
The Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation will seek to raise $130,000 to fund the project through individual and business donations, and grants from health and community-based foundations. For every $25 donated, Kansas Mission of Mercy can provide over $500 in free dental care.
Community support is needed to provide thousands of Wichitans with free dental care in March. Learn how to help by visiting www.ksdentalfoundation.org or find the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation on Facebook!