The staff and clients of Albert Tassi Dental Studio in Elmhurst, IL, recently contributed boxloads of donations to support a medical team's trip to Haiti.
Upon discovering that Kimberly Boston, a family friend and nurse practitioner, was joining a team of medical personnel to assist victims of the earthquake, Albert and Mary Tassi, owners of the laboratory, knew they wanted to help. Along with spreading the word to their 17-person staff, they stuffed the case boxes and statements of local customers with a memo requesting donations of items such as vitamins, first aid supplies, baby blankets and shoes.
The laboratory's delivery drivers collected contributions as they picked up cases along their routes and the supplies--including colorful handmade blankets--rolled in. "It was truly amazing to see how each dental office went out of its way to help. Our clients rock!," says Mary. In April, the donations were used and distributed at a makeshift clinic in the small village of Duchity where a team of five healthcare providers treated 1,200 adults and children in just five days.
Afterwards, the laboratory shared photos of the donations being used in the clinic in the spring issue of its newsletter. "While contributions to major organizations such as the Red Cross are always necessary and responsible avenues to assist the less fortunate, the donors seldom get to see their donations in action," says Mary. "It was amazing, heartbreaking and inspiring to see the direct, life-changing impact that was the result of one simple memo."