Smile Drive Charlotte


For information on our national Smile Drive & locations outside the Charlotte area, click here.

Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease among children in the U.S. Children in our Charlotte community not only suffer major health risks associated with untreated tooth decay, their academic performance, school attendance and self-esteem suffer as well. Many of the children we serve either don’t have a toothbrush at all or share one with siblings or family members. Oral health education and access to basic hygiene products like a toothbrush and toothpaste are critically important to prevent children’s suffering from tooth decay.

America's ToothFairy - girl brushing her teethAmerica’s ToothFairy invites you to join our efforts to provide basic oral care products and education to children in our local community through Smile Drive Charlotte! The America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive is a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of oral health and collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste and other oral care products for children in need. Smile Drive Charlotte is our local effort focused on our hometown of Charlotte and the surrounding area.

Results Last Year
Our inaugural Smile Drive Charlotte campaign was held in February 2017. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of many local companies and volunteers, we were able to distribute more than 82,000 oral care products to children in need in Mecklenburg County! More than 44,000 products were distributed to stock the hygiene closets of all 77 Title I Schools in Mecklenburg County in partnership with Classroom Central. The remaining products were distributed to non-profit organizations serving local families in need such as A Child’s Place, Loaves and Fishes, Communities in Schools of Mecklenburg County and many others.

We hope you will help us make Smile Drive Charlotte even bigger and better in 2018!

How You Can Help:

  • Sponsor Smile Drive Charlotte:  If you or your company are willing to serve as a sponsor for Smile Drive Charlotte, check out the sponsorship levels and benefits.
  • Be a Collection Site:  If you are willing to hold a Smile Drive at your business, school or other location, register here. We’ll send you a downloadable promotional toolkit with everything you need to hold your drive. We’ll also provide branded boxes to use for your drive. Box pick-up dates will be announced in January 2018. Special opportunities are available for dental practices and companies participating in the Smile Drive. Learn more here.
  • Become a Smile Drive Charlotte Recipient:  If your agency/organization wishes to receive oral care products to distribute to the children you serve, join us in promoting Smile Drive Charlotte 2018. Complete this form to sign onto Smile Drive Charlotte.
  • Donate. Don’t have time to hold a drive, but still want to help? Donate to support Smile Drive Charlotte.

 

Thank you to our Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors


Silver Level Sponsors


QUESTIONS?

Community Partnerships/Volunteers: Sim Frazier, Development Director, sfrazier@ncohf.org, 704-719-9949
Media: Amber Holloway, Communications Director, aholloway@ncohf.org, 704-719-9068

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