2017 SMILE Drive

February 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNITED WAY WILL COLLECT DENTAL CARE PRODUCTS FOR CHILDREN
Salem, Ore. - United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley and their Smile Drive partner Glen Creek Dental will host the America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive this February during National Children’s Dental Health Month. They are seeking donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and rinse. Items collected will benefit local children who otherwise might not have access to the dental care products they need.

The SMILE Drive runs February 1-28. Drop off your donations at these locations:

  • United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, 455 Bliler Avenue NE, Salem Oregon
    Office hours are Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Glen Creek Dental, 470 Glen Creek Rd NW, Salem
    Office hours are Mon-Thurs: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dental professionals, student groups, companies and other organizations who are interested in hosting a collection site or making a financial contribution should contact Sherry Lintner at slintner@unitedwaymwv.org, or by phone at 503-363-1651, Ext. 106.

“Having a healthy mouth is an important part of overall health, and is especially important to child development. According to the Oregon Health Authority’s 2012 Smile Survey, dental decay is the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years,” said Randy Franke, United Way CEO. “We are so grateful that caring individuals and organizations are helping ensure local children receive the dental care products they need to help prevent the pain and embarrassment associated with tooth decay.”
Last year’s Smile Drive collected over 7,500 items. Volunteers assembled 575 dental kits for children. The dental kits and remaining items were distributed through programs serving low-income children and homeless families.

For more information on this year’s Smile Drive please visit https://www.unitedwaymwv.org/smiledrive.

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United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley was established in 1937 and remains committed to supporting Marion, Polk and Yamhill communities by addressing community-wide issues and barriers so that children, youth, and adults can reach their full potential. United Way improves lives by focusing on the building blocks of a good life: Education, Financial Stability, Health and Basic Needs.