Dr. Phyllis Morgan has wanted to be a dentist since the age of 8. In 1994 she realized her dream when she opened her own practice and began to make other dreams come true. Community and outreach has been a driving force in her life and for the last 14 years, in addition to her regular practice, she and her staff work with the under insured and the underprivileged.
Last week, the good doctor opened her heart and her arms to the homeless children of Star of Hope. Dr. Morgan personally met the twelve school aged children and their parents as they got off the Mission’s bus. She assured them that they were in for a treat – not a treatment.
Soon, kids who have not been in a dentist’s chair for years – or ever – were getting their teeth cleaned and x-rayed, toothaches were being soothed and hearts were being won. Each child received a balloon and a back pack with dental supplies and a fun surprise.
“I love children,” said the Tooth Fairy in disguise, “they make me happy – and I want to return the favor.” As you might imagine, the top priorities of many homeless families don’t often include caring for a child’s tooth ache or much needed fillings. They need immediate crisis care and then long term structured recovery programs focusing on Life Skills, Education, Employment and Recovery from Substance Abuse. With your help, Star of Hope is here to provide these things. And while we put the smile back on the face of God’s broken children – Dr. Morgan makes sure it’s a healthy smile.
The end of the day was special as well. Although this charitable session was scheduled just for the homeless children – Dr. Morgan looked into the waiting room and said “Let’s see if any of the kid’s parents need dental help.” Two of the moms had major problems and teeth extracted – with a promise of follow - up visits.
The bus returned to Star of Hope with miles of smiles – and the best thing is - nobody even had to leave anything under their pillow!