gifts in action:

Meet Stacey

Stacey* lives in rural Minnesota with her grandmother, Sue. Her father is in prison and her mother has not been in the picture, due to drug addiction. Since Social Security is her only source of income, Sue was unable to pay for the crown Stacey needed, which was not covered by her state-funded health plan.

Apple Tree Dental, one of our Dental Resource Program member clinics, applied for an In the Gap grant, which covered the entire cost of the procedure. When their Director, Suzanne Peterson, called Sue to tell her the good news she exclaimed, “Oh my goodness, I have goosebumps! Thank you, thank you!”

“It’s things like this that remind me why I love my job,” Suzanne told us. We feel the same way! Our generous donors not only provided Stacey with much-needed oral health services, but showed her that she is important. With a healthy smile, Stacey has a better chance at a brighter future.

Find all the ways our donors have restored smiles and prevented decay this year in our Gifts In Action Impact Report.

Help kids like Stacey who need urgent dental care that costs more than their families can afford. Join our More Smiles Campaign to help us reach our goal of $25,000 during February: National Children's Dental Health Month. Visit to learn more or click here to contribute today.

*Patient's name has been changed to protect her privacy.

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