Each year, my dental office works with a local charity to collect and donate items to children in need. Whether it be “Toys for Tots” or “Hats and Mittens”, our doctors, staff and patient families actively participate.
This year, I decided to combine my love for crafts with this donation opportunity. Having knit and crocheted several scarves earlier in the year, I decided to make some hats to go with the scarves. I have tried making mittens and gloves but without much success. So, I purchased a pair of waterproof gloves to go with each set.
Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf, Crochet hat
Variegated Yarn Infinity Scarf and Headband
Lace Knit Infinity Scarf and Hat
Islet Crochet Scarf and Rib Knit Hat
Swirl Knit Scarf and Crocheted Hat
Ripple Crochet Scarf and Wavy Knit Hat
I hope these are enjoyed by the person who receives them.
Tonight is the Minnesota Dental Foundation annual fundraiser gala. The vision of the Minnesota Dental Foundation is to eliminate unmet oral health needs in Minnesota. The foundation supports the Minnesota Mission of Mercy, Volunteered Dental Services, Give Kids and Smile, and many other programs.
The annual gala showcases the recent activities of the Foundation and highlights the organizations that benefit from the work of the Foundation.
I’m looking forward to spending a nice evening with many professional colleagues and some of my business partners.
Normally I do not purchase any items in the auction. At this point in life, I really don’t need more “stuff”. But, I do support the auction by donating items. This year, I donated two custom made items.
Fused glass serving plate with the MDF logo.
Stepping stone with MDF logo.
Hopefully these items will bring some nice bids. Looking forward to a nice evening!
It’s a beautiful, sunny day and I’m at home relaxing after three incredibly busy days.
The sixth Minnesota Mission of Mercy wrapped up yesterday. About 1,500 volunteers including dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, dental therapists, translators, and lay volunteers worked together to provide free dental care for patients who would otherwise not be able to afford treatment. Services included cleanings, fillings, root canals on select teeth, extractions, and oral hygiene instruction. Patients were seen from 5:30 am to 5:00 pm. In two days of the event, 1492 patient encounters and over $900,000 dental care was provided.
As a co-lead of the X-ray, I spent most of Thursday setting up our department. We had three intraoral X-ray machines and six panoramic machines donated for use at the event and well as nine computer/monitor setups for running the machines and printing images. On Friday and Saturday, we saw over 800 patients for radiographs.
Kelli, the clinic supervisor of my dental practice (Dentistry for Children and Adolescents), has volunteered in the X-ray department every year. She is an awesome employee who is really fun to work side-by-side with.
For me, it is a nice change to work in X-ray rather than treating pediatric patients. One of my partners, however, does volunteer in the Kid’s Clinic. Dr. Sally Schuette, along with two of our office assistants, Wendi and Teum, spent several hours treating kids. And, when the pediatric patients were all treated, they even treated a couple adult patients.
It was an fulfilling weekend. May God Bless all the volunteers!