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Send a Soldier a Smile Campaign (NYCCT)

April 11, 2007 | Things to Do

‘Send a Soldier a Smile’ Toothbrush Sale and Fundraising Drive

Students from New York City College of Technology’s Department of Dental Hygiene in
collaboration with the College’s Student Veterans Club will co-sponsor an on-campus
fundraising drive, “Send a Soldier a Smile,” on Thursday, April 19, 2007, from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m., in the Atrium 1st Floor Lobby, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn.

The students will be selling toothbrushes and collecting cash contributions to be used to
purchase additional toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash to send to
U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq who have a connection to the College
and larger Brooklyn communities. All City Tech students, faculty and staff are invited to
either purchase a toothbrush or place a dollar in a jar. There also will be index cards
available so that participants can send notes to our soldiers along with the toothbrushes
and other dental healthcare supplies.

The idea for the “Send a Soldier a Smile” campaign came about during a conversation
Dental Hygiene Professor Gwen Cohen-Brown had with a City Tech Dental Hygiene
Clinic patient who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. “He mentioned the troops
were in need of hygiene supplies,” she says. “I asked about oral hygiene products
specifically and he said that there was always a need. I proposed the idea of a
fundraiser for this purpose to department students and it received unanimous support.”
A call to Paul Schwartz, CSW, in the City Tech Counseling Center, quickly brought the
enthusiastic support of the Student Veterans Club, of which he is the faculty advisor.
Later this spring, the two student groups may also take this collaborative effort on behalf
of U.S. troops in the Middle East to the public through an outdoor fundraising effort in the
plaza adjacent to Brooklyn Borough Hall. For more information, contact Professor
Cohen-Brown at 718.260.5070.

Send a Soldier a Smile Campaign
Thursday, April 19, 2007
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
New York City College of Technology
Atrium 1st Floor Lobby
300 Jay Street (at Tillary)
Downtown Brooklyn