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Free Dental Work

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Volunteers from all across the state hope to bring smiles to people's faces today.  Hundreds of people received free dental work today.

The "Mission of Mercy" dental clinic included cleanings, fillings and teeth pulling for adults and children.  We're told their goal is to treat two-thousand patients over the next couple of days.

"I'm excited to get it done," exclaims Peggy Hearn.

She tells us she has waited a long time to get her teeth fixed.

"I'm a single parent, and I couldn't afford to do the dental I've been needing for a while," explains Hearn.

She says all the work she needs would have cost her about six-thousand dollars.

"I mean they're not gonna do all of it, just the front.  That makes a difference when I smile," continues Hearn.

The patients aren't the only ones benefiting from this free service.  Dental students from UMMC are gaining experience in their future careers.

"It's fast-paced today, which is great and we're just trying to help as many people as possible.  So, it's a really rewarding feeling when you know you're doing something you love and you're helping people at the same time," adds Lacey Harris.

Free dental care will continue tomorrow from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Clyde Muse Center on the Pearl campus of Hinds Community College.  No income, insurance or eligibility are required.

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