Over 800 served by Alliance Mission of Mercy
The Alliance Mission of Mercy provided free dental care to 830 people on Friday and Saturday.
Alliance residents spent the entire day last Thursday prepping the former Food Pride and Alco buildings in the Alliance Plaza for the dental care. Dozens of volunteers arrived before 5 a.m., on Friday and Saturday to assist the dental providers with the project, and then worked another six hours Saturday afternoon and evening dismantling the equipment and cleaning the two buildings.
Dr. Steve Anderson of Grand Island, the president of America's Dentist Care Foundation, which is the lead organization in sponsoring Mission of Mercy across the United States, told KCOW Saturday that the community should be proud.
Dr. Anderson was also complimentary of the over $100,000 the community raised in cash and in-kind donations for the project.
While retired Alliance Dentist Dr. Cork Taylor chaired the project, he had great assistance from sub-chairpersons Alan Cornish who oversaw the preparation of the buildings; Dr. Dan Hoesing who was responsible for hospitality; Terri Grosz, who coordinated the volunteers, and Rich Otto, who oversaw fund raising.
Dr. Anderson says the need for the Alliance Mission of Mercy was huge, as 830 people received cleanings, fillings, denture work, and much more.
Mission of Mercy will operate in Lincoln in 2013, and it may be several years before Alliance will be able to host the event again. However, Dr. Anderson says he will long remember the giving spirit of Alliance.
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