The America’s ToothFairy Bid for Smiles online auction of dental equipment and supplies raised nearly $30,000 this year. Since its 2014 launch, the annual event has raised more than $630,000 to support safety net dental clinics and community programs providing preventive services and restorative treatment to children in underserved communities.
Proceeds will help members of the America’s ToothFairy Dental Resource Program, which provides an array of support to more than 75 nonprofit dental clinics serving more than 500,000 children nationwide. In addition to financial grants, available resources include dental products and equipment, educational materials, and opportunities for community engagement.
“We are especially grateful for the support of our sponsors during this challenging time,” said Jill Malmgren, executive director of America’s ToothFairy.
“The effects of COVID-19 are far reaching, and it appears no one will be spared the widespread consequences of this virus, especially nonprofit organizations like ours that depend on the generosity of others in order to provide help to those who need it the most,” said Malmgren.
“Even though times are tough, we intend to continue supporting the essential work of the safety net dental clinics that rely on us to meet the needs of their communities,” Malmgren said.
The auction ended on March 27, though monetary donations to support the Dental Resource Program are still being accepted at americastoothfairy.org. Bid for Smiles sponsors and major item donors included Henry Schein, GC America, Darby Dental Supply, and MidMark Corporation.
Additional online auctions are being considered for this fall to supplement income lost due to even cancellations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about sponsoring future events, contact Jess McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.