A new minivan helps give kids a smile


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Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2013, 11:59 am
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Press release submitted by Bethany for Children & Families



Moline, Illinois – January 8, 2013 – Bethany for Children & Families received a new 2012 Kia Sedona minivan for Bethany's Give Kids a Smile dental program. The minivan was donated by Courtesy Car City Moline and the Riverboat Development Authority. The manufacturer's suggested retail price of the minivan was $25,700.

Courtesy Car City President Dale Zude said, "A long-term Courtesy employee was adopted through Bethany. His story is inspiring, and I am pleased to have this opportunity to give back to the community, and to Bethany. It is great to be able to help children in the Quad Cities get the dental care they need." Mr. Zude presented the vehicle at Courtesy Car City, located in the SouthPark Auto Plaza.

Jenny Hager, Vice President of Development and Marketing for Bethany for Children & Families, said "This new minivan will be used for the restorative care component of the Give Kids a Smile program. Once a child has an initial dental screening on our mobile dental bus, the child can be transported in the new minivan to the office of a participating dentist in the Give Kids a Smile program. This new vehicle will ensure that children in the Quad City Area are able to attend their follow-up care appointments and get the care they need. Bethany is grateful for the generous support of the Riverboat Development Authority and Courtesy Car City."

Dr. Jim Bishop, a member of the Give Kids a Smile Board of Advisors, was present for the donation. Dr. Bishop noted that the minivan bears the logos of Courtesy Car City and the Riverboat Development Authority. He said, "The fact that these community partners have come together to donate this van to Bethany says a lot about the Give Kids a Smile program – it is important to the community."

The Give Kids a Smile program at Bethany for Children & Families provides no-cost dental care to eligible children. The dental bus visits area schools and child care facilities. Services on the dental bus include examination, cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants if needed and age-appropriate. Follow-up care is provided in the practices of the participating volunteer dentists in the Quad Cities and at Community Health Care. Follow-up care includes fillings, extractions, and in some cases, periodontal care and orthodontic care. The Give Kids a Smile program has served more than 4,000 children since the dental bus rolled out in October 2011.



















 



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