Benco Dental rep Joe Ed Jackson, shown, manned the lunch grill at the Newbern Family Dental Practice Dentistry From the Heart event November 8 in Valdosta, Georgia.

The Valdosta Daily Times and Dee Rivers Radio helped get word out. Refreshments for the attendees, volunteers and staff were donated by McDonalds, Smok’N Pig, Pizza Hut, Chick-Fil-A, Pepsi, Blue Summit Waters, Food Bank of Valdosta, Sam’s Club, Winn Dixie and Publix. Benco Dental rep Joe Ed Jackson manned the lunch grill. Robert Shaughnessy, representing Sam’s Club, was a workhorse that day from pre-dawn to sunset. Kyle Keller’s band provided a mid-day music break for people waiting their turn in the dental office. Outhouse Port-A-Potties’ donation was a necessity.

Does this description by the Valdosta Daily Times sound like your summer family reunion? Perhaps that is because those at the November 8 Dentistry from the Heart event bonded throughout the day while providing free dentistry (an excess of $60,000 worth) to more than 170 residents of Valdosta and surrounding areas.

Event host Dr. Jeff Newbern of the Newbern Family Dental Practice, shown here with the practice staff, told the Valdosta Daily Times “I was amazed at the generosity of our dental professional community.”

Dentistry From The Heart is a national non-profit organization that works with hosting dental practices, like Newbern Family Dental Practice, to provide dental services to people who otherwise would be unable to take care of their dental needs.