30 Ways in 30 Days
Collect new toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to donate to the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
Children visiting a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile dental program go home with healthy teeth, a bright new smile and the education they need to take good care of their oral health. They also go home with their own toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. For many of these children, it is the first toothbrush they have ever owned.
"Holding a ‘Bright Smile' drive is a great way to help RMHC - and a fun way to introduce children to helping others," says Lionel Whitehead, president, RMHC of New Zealand. "Classroom teachers, parents, and civic groups often organize donation drives. Their volunteerism enables us to provide the children we treat with these oral health necessities and helps us maximize our funds for direct program services."
Over the past two years, the Volunteer Teen Board of Directors in Albany, New York, (RMHC of the Capitol Region) has reached out to their own dentists, family and friends to support the Chapter's Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program. The Teen Board collected thousands of oral health supplies and oral health education materials that are distributed to the children visiting the Care Mobile program. They also obtained monetary donations to support the program, books, games, DVDs to entertain children while on board the Care Mobile, and items for care packages to give each child.
If you'd like to organize a collection of oral health supplies for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program; canned goods, toys and books for the Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Room, please contact your local Chapter or search VolunteerMatch to sign up for volunteer opportunities in your area.