Like the past few Januaries, we’ve dedicated this month to Global Dental Relief (GDR). During The Everything Event, We’re donating 10 percent of every lighting and mirror sale to the Denver-based charity to fund clinics halfway around the world providing children dental care—many for the first time in their lives.

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A few years ago we were introduced to two of GDR’s amazing volunteers from Columbus, Ohio: mother and daughter, Marilyn and Jennifer Miller. They discovered GDR while shopping our store at Polaris Towne Center during a lighting event and a similar giving campaign supporting GDR. Jennifer, a dentist, and Marilyn, a hygienist, immediately pocketed the information we had on-hand and reached out to GDR for more information. Before they knew it, they found themselves en route to Nepal to work their first clinic with GDR.

Today, the two have been to Nepal and Guatemala volunteering with GDR, and have treated hundreds of children. We recently chatted with Jennifer about her globetrotting.

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Giving.

To us, it’s global.

To us, it’s 365 days of reaching out to those in need, to those less fortunate, to those here and on the other side of the world.

It’s providing food, clean drinking water and clothing to the children of Nepal. It’s helping the Nepalese rebuild after those devastating earthquakes earlier this year.

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A little girl in Guatemala became Global Dental Relief’s 100,000th patient a few weeks ago marking a major milestone for the group. As you know, Global Dental Relief (GDR) holds a special place in our heart. We’ve been a corporate sponsor since 2011 and have helped the organization set up clinics around the world bringing dental care to children in remote parts children who otherwise would never have the opportunity to see a dentist.

We sat down with one of the founders, Laurie Mathews, to talk about the charity that she helped start so many years ago in 2001, the children they care for into their teens, their valued network of volunteers that sign up again and again, and our amazing partnership. In August, we donated 10 percent of every light and mirror sale to their effort and in just 31 days we were able to raise $50,000.

 

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