Happy & Healthy Holidays

The holidays are full of giving opportunities. One gift that keeps on giving is good oral hygiene.

In early December, Florida-based nonprofit Charity Works, Inc. provided 100 dental kits to the YMCA of the Suncoast for an annual holiday giveaway event.

Charity Works distributes free personal hygiene products through its GIVE HOPE USA® wellness-medical aid program. Nearby nonprofit agencies like YMCA of the Suncoast are eligible to participate in the initiative to serve underprivileged youth and adults in the area.

The dental kits were presented to more than 60 kids at the Greater Ridgecrest YMCA  by former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, and Mr. Herbert G. Brown, past president of Rotary International. Mr. Brown and his family have been donating toys to the annual giveaway for more than 10 years.

Gifting toothbrushes and personal hygiene supplies alongside donated toys was a great way to get kids excited about their oral health. For this community in particular, the health supplies will be very beneficial to the children. The Greater Ridgecrest YMCA is located in a low-income community in Pinellas County, Florida.

Ms. Teresa Hibbard, Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the YMCA of the Suncoast stated, “The kids loved the dental kits.” Mr. Brown added, “They now have the supplies to practice with and toys to enjoy.”

The kids at the event, alongside Mr. Brown, show that this was a happy and healthy occasion.

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Ms. Hibbard donated the remaining 40 dental kits to another local community kids club.

Altogether, this collaborative effort is consistent with Charity Works’ GIVE HOPE USA® program and its mission of Helping Those Who Help Others®.

Chris Renfrow, CPA, CFE, CGMA, is President and Founder of Charity Works, Inc. in Clearwater, Florida.

Charity Works, Inc. was supported by an in-kind donation of dental hygiene supplies through the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.