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Dental Bus Annual Visit Discontinued

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Leicester – For the past decade the Leicester Community has been fortunate to be able to host the NC Baptist Men’s Dental Bus for those in need of dental work, but who couldn’t afford it. Now, news from the event’s organizer indicates this may have been the last one.

In an email, Greg Brookshire, the catalyst behind the event and a community resident said that this last weekend might have been the end of a decade-old annual event. “I just wanted to take a minute to personally thank everyone who has helped make the Dental Bus weekend in Leicester possible for the past 10 years,” said Brookshire. “This was our 10th anniversary of hosting the NC Baptist Men’s bus in Leicester and while each year has been filled with its challenges, the rewarding moments have far outnumbered the challenges.”

He went on to say, “This year we were able to serve 62 people getting 72 extractions, 24 cleanings, six fillings, and three exams.” It was at this point he explained, “Due to several factors we have decided to take a break from bringing the bus to Leicester.” He did not go into the details of the decision.

He did say, “The NC Baptist Men have been amazing to work with! We have been blessed to have the same driver…for all 10 years and he has been a great help to helping us make this adventure a success. We also have been able to form great friendships with many dentists, assistants, and hygienists. We could not have done this outreach to our community without your help. We have enjoyed working with each of you!”He then thanked those who have helped throughout the years, not only the volunteers but the sponsors too. “We also could not have accomplished this without our sponsors helping us pay the expenses involved with bringing the bus to Leicester. Numerous churches and local businesses donate each year to help us fund this project and for that we are thankful. Wild Berry Lodge has helped us by providing lodging for the bus driver for every one of the past 10 years!”

Brookshire also thanked the Leicester Community Center, of which he is the past president. “I would also like to thank the Leicester Community Center board for allowing us to use the facility for this outreach. I approached them 10 years ago with what seemed like a far-fetched idea and they immediately agreed to allow us to use the facility and paid a portion of the fees until we were able to get more community support.”

He did offer a small glimmer of hope that the bus might return one day by saying, “I am going to keep everyone’s contact info and if we ever bring the bus back to Leicester I will be reaching out for your help. I will never forget the amount of help we were able to bring to the Leicester community thanks to your help. Thank You just doesn’t sound sufficient but I’m going to leave it at that.”

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