by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Groveâ€”Karen McCannon, a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, will once again partner with Dr. Donald Fee, a Sugar Grove dentist, to provide toothbrushes and toothpaste for residents of Hesed House. The drive, initiated by McCannon several years ago and endorsed by Fee, promotes the National Dental Health Month of February.
According to Fee’s practice manager Laura Bickhaus, for every dollar up to $500 collected by members of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, Fee will match that amount with dental supplies purchased at cost from his vendors. The end result will be $1,000 worth of dental supplies, or 3,000 toothbrushes and travel-size toothpaste containers for the people of Hesed House.
Hesed House Director and Sugar Grove resident Ryan Dowd said he is grateful for the dental supplies donated for his clients.
â€œIn my 10 years of experience, when people get evicted, they grab their clothes and their wallets, but most people forget to grab a tooth brush,â€ Dowd said. â€œIt’s difficult to get a job or even just to maintain your basic dignity if you can’t brush your teeth.â€
Bickhaus said she understands that Hesed House is at capacity, and the practice is happy to help in this way. She said that McCannon, one of Fee’s patients, has two sets of wingsâ€”her angel wings and her tooth fairy wings.