The Dental Hygiene program collected toys for donation to the Williamsburg-James City County Head Start program. Flanked by students, Historic Triangle Provost Patrick Tompkins, Dental Hygiene Director Harold Marioneaux and Clinical Dental Assistant La'Shawn Littles, Jasmine Winnegan (center) of Head Start accepted the gifts.
The Dental Hygiene program wrapped up its month-long toy drive called Dental Dazzle handing off nearly 50 donated toys to the Williamsburg-James City County Head Start program.
Throughout November, dental hygiene students at Thomas Nelson’s Historic Triangle campus performed dental exams, x-rays and cleanings in exchange for toy donations.
Dental Hygiene Director Harold Marioneaux, who appreciates the support this effort received, said some people also donated gifts without getting the free dental services.
He said the program routinely seeks ways to connect with the community and make a difference. This year’s toy drive joins a stellar lineup of holiday outreach efforts Dental Hygiene students have done over the years. P
Students specifically wanted to help children this year. On Dec. 10, they presented the donations to WJCC Head Start Health Coordinator Jasmine Winnegan on campus. She thanked the College and all who gave. Winnegan is excited about future collaborations with Thomas Nelson.
“I thought it was a wonderful idea. As soon as I talked to Dr. Marioneaux and he shared the idea with me, a lightbulb went off. I thought, ‘This is a great idea. Why haven’t been doing this?’ I’m looking forward to working with you all in the future,” she said.
She said plans are in motion for Head Start students to tour Thomas Nelson’s Dental Clinic in February in recognition of Dental Health Awareness Month.