On Saturday, October 4, 2014 an amazing group of volunteers came together at United Way of Southern Nevada to help families lead healthier lives through good oral health. There were 8 year olds to 81 year olds who created cards with positive messages, assembled over 4,000 dental hygiene kits and helped to clean up and move boxes. It was truly an inspiring day filled with energy and excitement.
Quality dental care is essential to insure a child’s overall well-being. Tooth decay remains the single most common chronic disease among children. Dental disease can impact all aspects of children’s lives, from their nutrition and sleep habits to their educational performance and self-esteem. With 36 percent of children living with untreated tooth decay, nine percent in dental pain and 65 percent of children uninsured and without health care resources, the dental hygiene drive will help to provide critical dental hygiene items to local children and families.
This meaningful volunteer opportunity included fun-filled fall activities for children and the opportunity to donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and toothbrush covers. Coming together during this great example of community engagement were folks from Diamond Resorts, UBS, Nellis Air Force Base, Bank of America and Northwest Administrators among others worked side-by-side with staff and other volunteers—reinforcing United Way’s mission. It was a great day for all.