Dentist gives back to tornado victims

  • Saturday, September 7, 2013

On June 4, Oklahoma was ravaged by one of the widest tornadoes ever recorded in the United States. The tornado carved out a damage path up to 2.6 miles wide and 16.2 miles long, a band at times that was wider and longer than Manhattan.

The ferocity of the twisted torn apart communities and families lost almost everything, including loved ones.

After hearing news of the devastation the staff at Water’s Edge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, headed by Dr. Nicole Dahlkemper, got together and decided to donate 10 percent of all crowns, teeth whitening, veneers and Botox injections proceeds to the tornado victims. “We are more than just a private dental practice, we are a community-based practice that knows the importance of giving back to our community, no matter whether that community is here in the Lowcountry or over 1,000 miles away in Oklahoma,” states practice administrator, Mark Janowiak.

Despite the aid already provided by national and federal relief programs, victims in Oklahoma are still trying to rebuild their lives and communities and require additional funding to do so. “Just because a tragedy is no longer in the news does not mean that people no longer need assistance.

The government and other relief programs run dry and people are left to fend for themselves. When you lose everything, it takes months if not years to completely rebuild and move forward,” states Dr. Dahlkemper about donating to the tornado relief fund.

The local Red Cross deployed 13 volunteers to Oklahoma to join more than 2,000 Red Cross workers from across the nation. Red Cross volunteers are still in Oklahoma providing health services, emotional support and assistance for long-term recovery.

“The Oklahoma tornado relief effort and other disaster response operations are made possible because of the passion of businesses like Waters Edge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry that give to the American Red Cross,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region. “We are grateful that Waters Edge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry chose to support the Red Cross, so that we can continue to help these families and communities with their long-term recovery.”

Every day, trained Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with people in Oklahoma who have unmet emergency needs or who need extra help creating recovery plans. More than 6,300 people are being provided with individualized support for their families.

To date, the Red Cross has served nearly 460,000 meals and snacks, distributed almost 400,000 relief items and provided over 6,300 overnight stays in shelters. The Red Cross has also provided more than 24,000 health service referrals.

With the fundraiser, which started on June 5, Water’s Edge Family & Cosmetic Surgery has raised more than $1,500. To learn more about how you can help raise money for Red Cross Relief programs, contact Lexie Leyman at 843-764-2323 x 359 or Lexie.Leyman@redcross.org.

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