In one of the coolest gestures of kindness, compassion and generosity we have ever seen emerge from any provider of dentistry the Drs Nelson of Newaygo Family Dental Care announced they will be offering free services to veterans on Friday November 16th beginning at 8am.
From cleaning, exams and x-rays to extractions and fillings veterans will be able to avail themselves of these services without charge because…..well…. because the practice decided it was the right thing to do.
We caught up with Dr. Ross Nelson, the younger partner of this dynamic duo of humanitarian benefactors to pose a few questions.
N3: How did this come about?
RN: "It was something that a team member thought of, proposed it to me, and we instantly decided it was a great idea and something we need to do."
N3 Why are you doing this?
RN-"We know there a lot of veterans in need and it’s a way for us to help them and show our appreciation. Many of my team have loved ones who have served and it’s time for us to serve them."
N3: Who is involved?
RN: "My entire team including my partner and father Dr Dennis Nelson (who is also a veteran), some of our colleagues who substitute with us, our dental supply company Patterson Dental, and a few now-retired NFDC team members.”
N3 Have you made any contact with local veteran groups?
RN: "We are working to promote this event with local VFWs, religious institutions, community centers, community businesses and social media. You may have seen our post on Facebook about this event that had over 500 shares within 2 days."
N3 What else do folks need to know?
RN: “This is our inaugural event to serve Veterans. We hope there is a strong turnout that allows us to serve many of our local veterans so that it has a bright future as an annual event” “My Dad (Dr. Dennis Nelson) in particular is really looking forward to this event, as he served with the Army and knows that many area Vets need our care and is excited to provide it to them in a cost-free manner”
Huge kudos go out to all involved in this project. It is heartening to see professionals such as the Nelsons and their colleagues step up to help those who have served and we are truly fortunate to have them be a part of our community.