Georgia Mission of Mercy

June 15, 2013  |   Toothfully Speaking   |     |   Comments Off on Georgia Mission of Mercy

Mission of Mercy

On June 14th, 2013 I participated in the 2nd Georgia Mission of Mercy held in Norcross, Georgia. This was the 2nd event held in Georgia and the 2nd such event in which I served. The Mission of Mercy provides dental care for the needy on a first-come, first-serve basis. This ministry was started in Virginia and has now been expanded to several states. Over a two day period, approximately 1,500 volunteers treated 2,000 patients, providing fillings, cleanings, extractions, root canals, and dentures.  Many people lined up overnight to be sure to receive care.

 

I signed up to serve in the oral surgery department, removing severely infected and damaged teeth for patients in pain.  I was fortunate to have two first year GRU dental students assisting me.  Marielle Youmans and Stuart Beauchamp aided in setting up the supplies and seating patients, but also had the opportunity to remove  multiple teeth under my supervision.  They were hard working and enthusiastic, and learned quickly.  The patients loved them, and by the end of their 12 hour day, they were doing all the work while I got the hugs.  Shown below are Marielle, Stuart, our patient Charlie, and me.

Dental students with Dr. Holes

The Georgia Mission of Mercy is organized by the Georgia Dental Association, with a great deal of volunteer help from churches and the Atlanta community as well as many generous dental companies.  Although all the care is done for free, it takes approximately a quarter million dollars to put on this 2 day event.  We were fortunate to be visited by Governor Nathan Deal, and we hope our leaders were able to see that charity events alone are not a health care system for the neediest of our society.

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