Everyone can help

First Posted: 1/13/2014

Benco Dental recently donated $10,000 to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to help purchase winterized tents, tarps and blankets; mobile medical clinics; newborn kits of diapers, lotion and warm baby clothes.

Benco asked its employees to donate funds, too.

Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines Nov. 8, affecting at least 13 million people. In an area more than 300 miles wide- about the distance from Boston to Philadelphia- the typhoon claimed 4,200 lives, injured another 12,500 and left a reported 4 million displaced. Meteorologists are calling Typhoon Haiyan the largest storm to ever form on the planet.

Opportunities to help are available:

• Text to donate. Text DONATE to 20222 to donate $10 to Typhoon Haiyan Children’s Relief Fund from your mobile phone. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Donations are collected for the benefit of Save the Children by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at http://www.hmgf.org/t. Messaging & Data Rates May Apply. Unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code 20222; text HELP to 20222 for help.

• International Medical Relief, a charitable organization that provides medical care to underserved and vulnerable people around the world, seeks dentists and other health professionals to provide emergency relief services for areas in the Philippines. Trips are scheduled for Jan. 30-Feb. 10 and Feb. 8-19. IMR volunteers will travel to Tacloban, ground zero for the typhoon disaster. Volunteers are asked to make a donation of $3,250 to cover their flight, accommodations and food. For details and to apply, visit http://www.internationalmedicalrelief.org/upcoming-medical-missions-trips/

• Members of the dental community, including the ADA and the ADA Foundation, continue to offer resources and other forms of support to people still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan. The ADA Foundation continues to accept donations specifically to aid dentists and others providing dental care in the aftermath. Donations may be made online at http://www.ada.org/4572.aspx or by sending a check to ADA Foundation, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60611. For Typhoon Haiyan relief, write “Philippines” in the memo field of remitted checks. Funds not used for Typhoon Haiyan relief will be used for future international disaster relief purposes.

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