The act of giving is a wonderful thing. When you’re able to help someone in need, there is no greater feeling. When you are part of an organization that is able to help many people at the same time, that good feeling is multiplied.
The Dental Lifeline Network has been able to accomplish a great feat. “Now exceeding $300 million in dental services donated to vulnerable people in desperate need of care, Dental Lifeline Network provides full-service treatment without cost to patients through its extensive volunteer network of dentists and dental laboratories.
People with permanent disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and cannot afford dental care may be eligible for DLN’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program which has served 107,000 people since it began 30 years ago in Colorado. Services are available in 50 states and Washington D.C. through DLN and its partner organizations. Its success is due to the generosity of 15,000 dentists and 3,700 labs that volunteer for DDS, according to Fred Leviton, DLN president.
‘Many thousands of people in the U.S. suffer from painful dental conditions including fractured teeth, advanced periodontal disease and the inability to eat normally. After years of being unable to afford treatment, these patients’ ages or disabilities make the burden of added dental disease devastating for them. Their lives are transformed through the safety net provided by DDS volunteers,’ he noted.”
Being able to give back is something that both the giver and receiver can benefit from.