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If you have 3 of the following 4 conditions, you are among the top 10% most wealthy in the world:

  1. Your own means of transportation (including a bicycle)
  2. A choice for your next meal (other than beans and rice)
  3. More than 1 pair of shoes
  4. A change of under wear

This statistic is one that I’ve shared with many over the last few years, and every time I do it makes me shake my head. I overlook these simple things every day. Why do forget to be grateful so easily? I guess it takes a big rock to knock some sense into me, and I’ve had that big rock hit twice in the last few years. I had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to provide dental care to some of the most needy people in the world. I remember one village we visited, near the border of Haiti. The poverty and need was so thick you could nearly taste it. In an attempt to get electricity to some homes, they had thin wires hanging dangerously low across their roads. Our bus couldn’t fit underneath the wires, so someone had to walk along side the bus with a stick, raising the wires enough for us to pass under. When we arrived at the clinic, the line was already long. As the day went on, it became longer and more unmanageable. A fight broke out amongst those waiting as they realized not all of them would receive care. There was a little boy playing in a tree near the clinic. He had no shoes, no pants and no underwear. His shirt was on inside out and backwards. I can’t even fathom the despair a mother must feel to let her young son run around in dangerous roads dressed this way. We stayed until we couldn’t stay any longer, then had to look down as we left – realizing the little we did helped, but not enough.

Both times I’ve gone, I come back with a renewed commitment to recognize all of my blessings…and then I forget again. It’s frustrating isn’t it! We get so used to our world and our blessings, we don’t even see them through our busyness most days. So I’ve decided I need a bigger rock! I want to make this a yearly focus for our office, and we have teamed up with a dental organization to do just that. We have made it a goal to travel with our entire team to the DR next year, hoping to make a bigger impact on those we serve there. This is a big undertaking with a big price tag, so we would like to involve you as well.

Now, I know you can’t hardly go a day without someone asking you to donate to their cause these days. I have to admit I get a bit annoyed by all of it. So, we have been brainstorming big time to find a way for you to help someone who has nothing, but for you to get something in return.

  1. 1. In past years, we’ve offered the opportunity for patients to whiten their teeth in exchange for a donation. We are going bigger! We want to open this opportunity to anyone you know – friends, family, coworkers, etc. Custom Teeth Whitening Trays and System for $99- and ALL of it is a tax deduction you can write off. We will do the work for free, so all of your money goes to the kiddos with big needs in the DR. Call Cinda or Jessa today to schedule a time for the custom molds to be made. 801-756-3737
  2. You can enter a raffle- If you make a donation, your name will be placed in a raffle for all kinds of cool prizes – Restaurant gift certificates, Professional Dental Care items, etc. Lots of winners and loads of good stuff. Call or email to make a donation.
  3. Shhhh…SNEAK PEEK!! You can attend our “Never Be Sick Again!” Event for FREE and learn about other ways to help. Watch for next week’s email to learn more about this event. Be sure to put April 17th on your calendar now – you will not want to miss it!

So now that I feel like PBS or the Children’s Miracle Network, let’s get back to the point of this email! I am so grateful for the things I have been blessed with. Even in my darkest hour, I have never experienced the level of poverty these children live in daily. I need to smile more, enjoy my life more, look outside of myself more and help more. Thank you for being in my life and for inspiring me. Let’s help each other help the world. The world is a big place, but if we help a small little girl, in a small little town, in a small little corner of this world, it’s a better place because we helped. Thank you for teaming up with us, and make sure to read next week’s post.

(PS I’m sure glad we don’t have to work in lawn chairs in the middle of a baseball field here – little blessings I’m grateful for!!)

Dr. Michelle Jorgensen

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