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WATER STEP: SHOES FOR WATER
By donating your new and gently used shoes to WaterStep, you’ll help fund safe drinking water projects all over the world — projects that help to save hundreds of thousands of lives each year. In addition to funding water projects, donated shoes keep hundreds of tons of waste out of our landfills. We accept gently used shoes that are free of mold/mildew. Athletic shoes are preferred, but we will accept all styles of shoes. Shoes are sold to an exporter and funds received help bring clean water to those in need. There is a receptacle in the hallway to place your donations.
CENTRAL LOUISVILLE COMMUNITY MINISTRIES
Central Louisville Community Ministries is in need of the following hygiene items: soap or body wash, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and tooth brushes, toilet paper, and facial tissues. Household items needed are liquid laundry detergent or pods, liquid dishwashing liquid, and paper towels. Please bring items that have not been used. There is a laundry basket under the table in the main hallway for donations. One of the zip codes that is served by CLCM, 40203, is the poorest in Kentucky with a median household income of $14,412 and a population of 19,004. These are our neighbors.
LOUISVILLE DENTIST WINS HUMANITARIAN AWARD FOR HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED
The Louisville dentist who founded the FREE Smiles Clinic is probably beaming from ear to ear, along with the many people he has helped. Dr. James E. “Randy” Ransdell III was awarded the 2019 Humanitarian Service Award from the Academy of General Dentistry during the group’s annual meeting in Chicago in November. Randsdell was honored for his volunteer service, civic leadership, dedication to dentistry, and the wellbeing of the community. In 2015, Randsdell co-founded the Louisville Dental Society FREE Smiles Clinic, which grew from a vision to help families and individuals who lack access to oral healthcare.
“We wanted to create a place where people could come back in six months for a routine visit instead of just and emergency situation to address symptomatic issues,” Ransdell said. The clinic has provided free dental care to more than 1,100 patients over the last four years. “It is pure joy to see the smiling faces of those who feel taken care of,”Ransdell said. Ransdell’s excitement about dentistry began while he was in college working with dental teams on mission trips in Mexico and Peru. He also realized the value of helping those who struggle with access to care. “Dr. Ransdell has never faltered in his commitment to those needing essential dental care services,” said Dr. Connie White, president of Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Ransdell and his team of volunteers are using their collective time and talent to impact their patients; quality of life in a way that goes well beyond oral healthcare. AGD and the Louisville community are so fortunate to benefit from his commitment.”
Published in the 11/21/2919 Courier Journal, written by Veda Morgan, Director of Community Impact, Louisville Courier Journal, USA TODAY NETWORK