From One Mouth to Another
This holiday season, there's even more to be joyful about. Dr. Bonine's office is pleased to announce the largest donation to Gleaners Food Bank of Livingston County since Dr. Bonine started the Gold for Food program in 1995.
Nine local dentists participated in this year's gathering of salvaged precious metals from dental restorations that have been donated by patients over the last year.
A total of $23,728.94 was collected by Dr. Fred Bonine, Dr. Bill Metz, Dr. Tara Wilson, Dr. Matt Matuszak, Dr. Todd Charlick, Dr. Brad Rondeau, Dr. Rob Hyland, Dr. Patricia Fuhst-Wylie, Dr. Anthony Kahn, and Dr. Walt Goodell. Don Mappin, the smelter at Atlantic Precious Metals (located in Pennsylvania), donated another $500.00, bringing the total to $24,228.94.
Dr. Bonine, Dr. Metz, Dr. Goodell, and Dr. Matuszak presented the check to Gleaners Food Bank of Livingston County on December 19th. That check has been generously matched by Wal-Mart Corporation, amounting to a very impressive $48,457.88. An almost overwhelming total of $158,012 has been donated to Gleaners Food Bank of Livingston County since the start Gold For Food program seventeen years ago.
"During this tough time when everyone, including local small businesses, are struggling," says a past representative of Gleaners, "this is one example of how a small group of caring individuals can think outside the box to feed their hungry neighbors."
Considering that last year's total donation of $34,000 provided 931 Livingston County residents three meals a day for a year, the effect that this year's donation will have on our community is incredible. Even the impact on the environment comes to mind. Recycling the gold, silver, platinum, and palladium used in dental restorations means fewer burdens on third world countries where some precious metals are mined. Every little bit counts, and if all communities started recycling salvaged dental restorations, the impact that this could have on the rest of the world is not hard to imagine.
"It is such a simple and easy thing to do," says one surgical assistant at Dr. Bonine's office. "It benefits so many people in our community. It's amazing."