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Seventh-day Adventists, dental professionals come together to provide services on Sunday, Oct. 2

COURTESY PHOTO: SANDY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH - A team of volunteers and medical professionals will host a free dental clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.In an effort to promote proactive dental care — and make it accessible — the Sandy Seventh-day Adventist Church once again will facilitate its annual free dental clinic.

A team of church volunteers and medical professionals will host the clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the church, 18575 S.E. Langensand Road.

Those in need of care from the areas of Sandy, the Mount Hood communities, Boring, Eagle Creek and Estacada are welcome to attend.

"I think this is especially important because, with COVID and what we've been through in the past almost two years, there's a need now more than ever for free dental care," said volunteer event coordinator Tami Beaty. "I think when people are in need, that money tends to go elsewhere. All of this preventative stuff is such a big deal for (those who otherwise couldn't afford these services)."

People are encouraged to show up to the church early that Sunday to allow time to screen for COVID symptoms, access the needs of those in attendance, and efficiently care for as many patients as possible. People who need crowns or tooth replacements are asked to arrive as early as 7 a.m. to ensure they can be seen.

Those experiencing COVID symptoms are asked not to attend, though masking will be required. Professionals will offer free dental X-rays, cleanings, fillings and extractions, as well as limited replacements.

"When you do things (like provide partials and flippers) for people, it changes their lives," Beaty said.

These clinics provide dental care free of charge to 100-120 people every year and provide access to a free lunch.

In conjunction with the clinic, volunteers will host both a drop or swap and give-and-take events downstairs in the church from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, offering children's clothing for infants to teens, books, toys and shoes, as well as an assortment of adult clothing. Those who wish to attend can come solely to receive clothing free of charge or bring lightly used donations to swap for new-to-you items.

Representatives of multiple local organizations, which provide resources for those in need also will be in attendance, including from Clackamas County's Senior Health Insurance Benefit Assistance and Todo Juntos.

"I'm hoping we reach the people who really need this service," Beaty said. "We are really excited for this year's clinic and looking forward to helping our community. COVID, I think, made people a little scared to come out, but we believe this could be the largest clinic we've had. We want to help as many people as we can. We've even recruited an additional dentist."

There are no requirements for eligibility; insurance is not required, and eligibility is not based on income level. If you need dental care, you are welcome to attend. The clinic is first come, first served.

"When you see people and how they appreciative they are, you want to help them again," Beaty said.

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