Winterized tents, tarps and blankets; mobile medical clinics; newborn kits of diapers, lotion and warm baby clothes –these are just a few of the emergency measures Benco Dental supports with its recent $10,000 donation to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The family-owned dental supply company, headquartered locally, donated more than $10,000 to help assist victims of Typhoon Haiyan, said Benco Dental Culture & People Talent Specialist Julia Amendola. Benco asked its employees to donate funds, too.
“Associates were asked to consider donating to Save the Children, an organization with extensive boots on the ground in the Philippines,” Ms. Amendola said.
“In addition, associates at Benco’s headquarters in Pittston, Pa., held a jeans day where associates could wear jeans to work by making a donation. As with all associate fundraisers, Benco generously matched these donations and Benco’s charitable foundation contributed an additional amount. Benco associates are passionate about giving back and take pride in helping those in need.”
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.
Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental company in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to ‘deliver success, smile after smile.’ Over the past decade, Benco has been the nation’s fastest growing dental distributor, now servicing more than 35,000 dentists and dental laboratories.
Within the past 83 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network of more than 65 regional locations, five distribution centers, and two design showrooms. Those design showrooms, one at the company’s PA headquarters and one in Southern California, feature North America’s largest selection of dental equipment and technology, as well as a hands-on dental design experience, to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office.
For more information, visit benco.comor call 1.800.GO. BENCO.