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In a growing effort to serve low-income children in need of dental care, the Minnesota Dental Association will again coordinate the statewide charitable outreach program “Give Kids a Smile”. Please mark your calendars for Friday, February 1, and Saturday, February 2, 2008.

This event has become an annual celebration of giving, caring, and camaraderie. Last year’s “Give Kids a Smile” event set a new record, with 2,000 dental volunteers donating $1.7 million worth of dental services.

Participating volunteers not only offer free dental services to children in need, they also raise public awareness about the need to fix problems in the state’s dental access policies. By working together in one coordinated effort, volunteers bring a great amount of media attention to the issue of dental access. Several state legislators have also become engaged in local “Give Kids a Smile” events.

As perennial participants know, “Give Kids a Smile” is an outreach program that is flexible and rewarding. Many volunteers continue to sign up year after year. If you haven’t participated, here’s how it works:

When you complete the sign-up form, you can select whether you would like to volunteer by hosting an event at your own clinic, by volunteering at another clinic, or by contributing funds to help offset the expenses of clinics that provide clinical care. The MDA provides you with the information and support you need. Through a partnership with

United Way
2-1-1, the MDA helps route children in need to local participating dental offices (this is an optional service, not a requirement).

The MDA welcomes you to join this program. Please watch your mail for a sign-up form or register online at If you have any questions, please call the Association at (612) 767-8400.

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