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St. Peters Dentist Donates Over $42,000 Worth of Dental Equipment to Charity

On September 11, 2015, Cardinal Dental donated over $42,000 worth of dental equipment to Smiles of Hope.  The charity clinic based out of Dexter, MO provides dental care to Missourians in need and operates on donations of equipment and time.  Nine dental chairs, overhead lights, storage cabinets, and other useful equipment were included in the donation.  

Dr. Cynthia Ulrich-Blalock, owner and general dentist at Cardinal Dental said, “It was such a joy to donate to such a wonderful cause.  Dental care is a luxury for many Missourians and I’m happy that the equipment will be put to good use.  My staff and I look forward to volunteering at the Smiles of Hope clinic soon to see our donation in action and give back to those in need.”

Tim Russell is the founder of Smiles of Hope and pastor of Lighthouse Church in Dexter, MO.  “This is by far the largest donation to date,” he said.  Monthly clinics are held and volunteer dentists provide extractions at drastically reduced cost.  While the Smiles of Hope clinics are located in Dexter and Springfield, the program has ties to the St. Louis area.  “We have several St. Louis based dentists that drive to the events every month,” Pastor Russell said.  “The updated equipment will really help grow the ministry and make things more comfortable for the doctors and patients.” 

A Uhaul truck and trailer were filled to the brim with donations from Cardinal Dental.  "Looking back at that day, I'm still speechless that we filled that many Uhauls!" Dr. Blalock said.  "I am so blessed to have the opportunity to donate to such a wonderful organization.  There will be many people who will be helped with this equipment, and I am thankful to be a part of it."

About Cardinal Dental:  Cardinal Dental is a general dental office located in St. Peters, MO.  Dr. Cynthia Ulrich-Blalock started the practice in 2014 and works with children and adults.  In addition to cleanings, checkups, fillings, and root canals, Dr. Blalock is known for same-day services such as crowns and bridges. 

About Smiles of Hope:  Smiles of Hope is a ministry of Lighthouse Church of Dexter, MO.  Tooth extraction clinics are held every month but preregistration is required.  Licensed dentists from across the state volunteer their time and expertise at the clinic events.   

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.  1 Peter 4:10