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Smile Drive aims to improve dental health

The Alexandria Area High School National Honor Society is leading the America's ToothFairy Smile Drive fundraising campaign in Alexandria.

Designed to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and collect oral care products for underserved children, the Smile Drive is being held nationwide throughout the month of March in honor of last month's National Children's Dental Health Month.

Local community members are encouraged to visit designated businesses during the month to drop off donated oral care products, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouth rinse. All donated items will be delivered to Douglas County food shelves and Headstart programs for local children and youth in need.

Community members donating to the Smile Drive are encouraged to share their experience by snapping a photo and using the hashtag #SmileDrive on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information about the Smile Drive and how community members can participate, contact National Honor Society President Jackson Grove by calling 320-491-7365 or emailing

"We are so grateful that caring individuals and volunteer groups across the country are helping ensure children receive the oral care products they need through the America's ToothFairy Smile Drive," said Jill Malmgren, America's ToothFairy Executive Director. "The participation of the AAHS National Honor Society will help promote healthy smiles for local children while providing youth the tools they need to prevent the pain and embarrassment associated with tooth decay."

Items can be dropped off at the following locations in Alexandria:

• Echo Press Newspaper, 225 7th Ave. E.

• Prairie Lakes Dental, 2633 Jefferson St.

• Woodland Dentistry, 1301 Hawthorne St.

• Dentistry at the Center, 2306 S. Broadway St.

• Discovery Middle School, 510 McKay Ave. N.

• Alexandria Area High School, 4300 Pioneer Road SE.

• Central Lakes Orthodontics, 510 22nd Ave. E., Suite 401

• Dental Health Associates, 107 14th Ave. E.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.

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