Taking Action: Community Free Dental Clinic Seeks Help with Funding

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- A  group of volunteer dentists and nurses needs your help. The Community Free Dental Clinic assists those with dental pain who are living below the poverty line in Madison County. However, pulling teeth costs money and funding for the clinic is disappearing quickly.

"The patients that we see here have no other alternative," said Ginger Finzel, the director of the clinic. "The alternative that we`ve seen is they`ll pick up a pair of pliers and try to pull out this tooth that`s killing them. They`re suffering in pain, some for weeks and months."

The clinic has pulled more than 600 teeth and have seen over 400 patients since they opened their doors in March. They are pretty much booked through the summer but they want to be able to keep seeing those patients, and that requires funding.

Clinic directors told WHNT News 19 that they have around 2 months of operating capital left. It costs about $4,000 a month for basic operations. If you would like to donate to the clinic, they are located at 2227 Drake Ave. in Building #4. Checks can be sent to that address or you can contact them by phone at 256-489-1853.

The clinic also has around 40 dentists that volunteer their time and service when they can. They are always looking for those professionals to help out with the extractions as well.

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