Making an Impact Through Give Thanks for Smiles
“Give Thanks for Smiles” is an annual event in November inspired by a “pay it forward” philosophy. The doctors and support staff of Danville Dental Associates volunteer their time to help others by doing what we do best – Dentistry! Dental services, such as cleanings, extractions and fillings are offered to members of the community for $50 per procedure. November was chosen as the month to host the event because it represents a season of Thanksgiving. All proceeds for the day are donated to local food banks, such as God’s Storehouse in Danville and the Pittsylvania County Food Bank in Chatham, VA.
Dr. Chris Payne was instrumental in establishing the Give Thanks for Smiles project in 2011. The first event held November 5th, 2011, raised $3,700 for God’s Storehouse. Each subsequent year has surpassed the previous year in money raised and donations. In 2018, Danville Dental staff volunteers included 6 dentists, 9 hygienists, 13 dental assistants, and 6 office staff members. Overall 98 patients were treated enabling a donation of $6,150 to God’s Storehouse. In the eight years that Danville Dental Associates has sponsored “Give Thanks for Smiles”, $41,770 has been given to benefit local charities. Dental services valued at over $125,000 have been performed over the last eight years to help our community in coordination with this event.
In addition to the monetary donation, patients are encouraged to bring canned goods throughout the month of November to distribution to the local food banks.