Ortho Technology - August 2019

AUGUST 2019

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As we’ve written in the past, Ortho Technology finds value in every smile. Often that means providing clinics with all the tools they need to help their patients grin from ear to ear. But sometimes we get the opportunity to take a more direct approach. Thanks to the generosity of Henry Schein, Inc., our volunteers were able to make a difference for the children of New Port Richey’s RAP (Runaway Alternatives Project) House and bring smiles to many faces. RAP House is a short-term shelter for children between the ages of 10 and 17. As part of Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc. (YFA), a private not-for-profit agency dedicated to creating safe, nurturing environments for children, the house serves all of Pasco County — providing vital relief to some of the most vulnerable members of GIVING SMILES Helping RAP House our community. RAP House takes in kids who have run away from home and suffer from homelessness, school-related problems, abuse, and any other crisis situation. With back-to-school season fast approaching, we wanted to lend RAP House and YFA a hand in making a difference for these kids. The shelter may put a roof over their heads, but these youths still lack many of the most basic resources. So, Ortho Technology and our parent company, Henry Schein, Inc., put our heads together and found a way to make these kids’ school year a little brighter. On Aug. 10, our volunteers delivered 60 brand-new backpacks to the kids at RAP House. Each was filled with school supplies, new clothes, and hygiene supplies — things many of us take for granted but mean the world to students in need. School is hard enough without missing the necessary books, binders, and backpacks, to say nothing of going to class in tattered clothing. Seeing these supplies made the kids’ faces light up!

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with local favorite Hungry Harry’s BBQ, face painting, a magic show, and an inflatable obstacle course. It was a day filled with joy and laughter, and one we feel very lucky to have been a part of. We’re grateful for any opportunity we have to make a positive difference in our community and extremely fortunate to have the backing of a compassionate company like Henry Schein. We’re also lucky to have such amazing volunteers! To Lydia Lee, Maria White, Andrew Mendoza, Rosa Torres, Ed Harris, James Adams, Tom Coye, Dean McClure, Rob Tripi, Vicki Babilonia, Kim Joseph, and Shawn Potter, thank you all for donating your time to this cause. Of course, the real heroes are the members of RAP House and YFA. The work they do each and every day helps pull kids out of a vicious cycle of crisis and sets them on a path to a brighter future. YFA is always looking for donations to keep shelters like RAP House and other programs running. If you are interested, visit YFAInc.org to learn more.

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Here’s to all the ways we can make people smile.

But we didn’t stop there. After all, a new semester should be celebrated, right? So, Henry Schein put on a party, complete

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