A smile is a thing of magic, able to spread peace, create connection, and bridge the barriers of language, age, and race. Mother Theresa said, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” And when you see the smiles of the kids at Heroes of the Nation, it’s easy to agree with her.
In March of 2017, Dr. Magdolna Voros, a dentist in Redding, CA, decided to help our kids maintain their smiles through the donation of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss–enough for each child at Heroes of the Nation. In a place where a decent quality toothbrush may cost five or six dollars or more, and toothpaste is a luxury, to say nothing of floss, to receive these items for more than five hundred children was a great blessing.
When our Asst. Director Susie Thompson and her family went to Kenya this past March, they carried these dental supplies over in two giant suitcases filled to capacity and weighing in at 50 lbs each.
Describing how the kids reacted, Susie said, “They were amazing! When they were told about the gift, they were super excited, because gifts are not handed out often. With 500 children, there’s not many times outside of daily meals that all the children receive a new tangible item, so the kids were especially excited.”
First to receive the dental supplies were the 320 primary school kids. One request for lining up, and zoom, they were there, orderly and in line, so happy and grateful to each receive their own small bag containing the three items (toothbrush, paste and floss). Some of them didn’t know what to do with the floss, and Susie saw them later in small groups with older children showing the younger ones how to properly floss their teeth.
Smiles were everywhere that day, and thanks to the kindness of Dr. Voros, they were shining extra bright!
To learn what’s happening at Heroes of the Nation orphanage in Nyahururu, Kenya and how to get involved, check out our website at https://htn.org/.