“The Day of Giving is a great opportunity for me and my team to give back to our community. The Day of Giving event is a reminder that there is a need for dental care in our community [and it] allows us to give back to those less fortunate who may have obstacles accessing dental care, ” says Dr. Abdon Manaloto.
He continues, “All the patients we see are very grateful for all we do. My team and I look forward to participating in future Day of Giving events. Thank you to the Smiles for Everyone Foundation for organizing this event.”
On Saturday, March 10, volunteers throughout the A+ Dental Care offices in the Sacramento area gathered at the Roseville office on Coloma Way to provide free dental services to the low-income, under-insured local community. With 6 providers, 3 hygienists, and many support staff volunteering their time, the team was able to provide care for 70 patients, delivering a total of nearly $40,000 in donated dentistry.
Volunteer providers include the 5 A+ Dental Care partners: Dr. Chris Cooper, Dr. Tim Herman, Dr. Abdon Manaloto, Dr. Kayla Nguyen, and Dr. Flaviane Petersen; as well as Dr. Lee Lo.
Johny Comilang is a disabled veteran who is paralyzed on his left side and bound to a motor chair. He was very enthusiastic when scheduling his appointment, and maintained his great attitude throughout his time at the A+ Dental office. He said, “Everyone at the office was very polite and professional! I felt #1 to them!” The A+ Dental team was able to provide Johny with great dental care after not having been to a dentist in over two years.
Mark Jones is currently staying at the Gathering Inn, which is a non-profit organization that provides housing and support services for those who are working to get back on their feet and become active members of the community. Mark is overcoming a tough past and is very grateful for programs like this, which helps him move forward from the obstacles he has faced. Despite his past, Mark has the most positive outlook on life, and was very appreciative of the care that the team provided for him, despite only having 4 teeth left.
The next Smiles for Everyone Foundation Day of Giving will be held at Bright Now! Dental in Lorain, Ohio on March 24, 2018.