Smile Drive a success
More than 800 dental hygiene products were donated to Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf last week.
The items, including 137 tubes of toothpaste, 261 toothbrushes, 60 mouthwashes, 350 containers of floss and seven dental informational booklets, were collected at designated Alexandria businesses as part of America's ToothFairy Smile Drive fundraising campaign.
The campaign this year was led by students in the Alexandria Area High School National Honor Society. The students were contacted by Connie Fields, who represents Early Childhood Dental Network, which has previously been in charge of the drive.
"We would like to thank the community for their involvement in the success of this project, said Jackson Grove, president of the honor society. "We are especially thankful to the local dentists and orthodontic offices who participated. They were our main donors and we can't thank them enough."
Designed to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and collect oral care products for underserved children, the Smile Drive is held each year nationwide throughout the month of March or April in honor of National Children's Dental Health Month.