Wells Fargo will light the Duke Energy Center blue on February 13 to highlight National Children’s Dental Health Month and Smile Drive Charlotte! The campaign, now in its second year, aims to collect 50,000 oral care products for children in need and raise public awareness of the importance of oral health.
Simple necessities like a toothbrush and toothpaste are something thousands of children in the Charlotte community do without. Without the basic tools to maintain good dental hygiene, children often face lifelong challenges with poor oral health that negatively impact their academic performance, school attendance and overall health.
Community members are invited to participate in Smile Drive Charlotte by collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste and other oral care products at their business, practice, school or other community location. All collected products can be donated to a local charity of the host’s choice or to America’s ToothFairy for distribution to local schools and non-profit organizations serving children in need. America’s ToothFairy will provide a collection box and a downloadable, promotional toolkit to each Smile Drive site. Those interested in participating can learn more here.
Thanks to generous support from the Charlotte community in 2017, the inaugural Smile Drive Charlotte campaign raised more than 82,000 oral care products for children in the Charlotte region. All 77 Title I Schools in Mecklenburg County received toothbrushes to stock their hygiene closets, and more than 15 other non-profit organizations including A Child’s Place, Loaves and Fishes and Communities in Schools of Mecklenburg County benefited from Smile Drive donations.