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Giving to a Dental Charity this Holiday Season

As 2020 begins to wind down, it is hard to find anyone who can’t wait for this stressful, traumatic and unprecedented year to end. We have all faced, and continue to face, incredible challenges in our daily lives – working from home, schooling from home or in-person in a new and awkward format, no restaurants, gyms or even churches to attend at times. Certainly, one cannot be faulted for wanting a fresh start with 2021. 

We are, however, in our country, society and culture still very fortunate when we compare ourselves to many others around the globe. It is with this realization in mind that I wish to make a proposal as the “season of giving” begins. Rather than look inward and “circle the wagons” as people tend to do during times of stress, I propose that we look outward in our world to the less fortunate. And since this is traditionally a dental opinion space in the magazine I would like to suggest our readers consider a donation to a dental charity this season. 

There are two I would particularly like to highlight. One is Operation Smile; the other is Kindness in Action. Both charities are funded by donations and staffed by Dentists, Dental Specialists, Hygienists, Assistants and support staff. Both charity organizations work in developing countries or underprivileged areas. Operation Smile works in large measure with children with cleft lip and palate, a severely debilitating birth defect that affects ability to thrive and interact normally in society. Kindness in Action, centered in Alberta, provides standard dental procedures throughout the developing world. Please check out their respective websites at operationsmile.ca and kindnessinaction.ca. 

We have all been impacted by the global pandemic. No one is unaffected. There are though, thousands around the world to which COVID-19 is just another trial to overcome. Hopefully, by supporting one of these two amazing dental charities the burden of everyday life may become just a little easier to bear. 

“Tis the Season…. 

Stay Safe, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Doctors Hill and Gross have the experience to help craft beautiful smiles for all manner of patients, both children and adults.


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