*Written July 2, 2008*
It is amazing what will make a Nicaraguan child smile. Normally new tooth brushes are fun for a minute or two, but the Yahoska girls looked as if it was Christmas when I distributed new tooth brushes that Dr. Obannion and Dr. Stein & Shannon graciously donated. They all carried their new possessions around their property for at least an hour, holding them while laughing and completing their chores. They were all eager to keep the packaging the brushes were wrapped in, but their teachers said that wouldn’t be necessary. For many of them it is nice to have a brand new posession.
If a small fraction of the dentists in the United States could donate tooth brushes yearly, there would never be a shortage in Nicaragua. We can all dream. Fire starts with a spark, so thanks again to the dentists who supported Los Quinchos and the Yahoska girls in lighting a spark. You brought smiles to their faces, and from now on their smiles will be brighter!