Local Dental Students Help with Mission of Mercy

Seven Dental Career students from New Castle Career Center volunteered Saturday, May 18, in the Indiana Mission of Mercy Free Dental Care at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The event was Friday and Saturday. Over the two-day period, more than 2,000 patients were treated for various types of dental care which included X-rays, crowns, dentures, partials, fillings and cleanings. Patients of all ages were seen by the volunteers. More than 1,000 people volunteered their services ranging from dental assistants, hygienists, dentists, lab techs and front-office staff.

The local group included students Hannah Cole, Marissa Combs, Skylar Grinstead, Paige Richards, Ari Robinson, Justice Scott and Zaria VanGoethem, along with Dental Careers Instructor Christina Steigerwalt.

“The students enjoyed their time volunteering for those in need of dental care,” Steigerwalt said. “It is a great opportunity for people who cannot afford dental services to get completely free treatment and prevent serious infections down the road. I am grateful for the students and I hope this was an opportunity they will never forget.”

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