The Smile family of practices is committed to the community in which we work, live and play. From sponsoring local youth sports teams to serving on the Boards of local non-profits, our spirit to give is strong.
Smiles From The Heart – Free Day of Dentistry
Little Smiles and Smile Grand Haven participated in Smiles From The Heart from 2010-2014 and 2016. Smiles From The Heart is a free day of dental services provided to those in need in our local area.
In 2014, Smiles From The Heart founder, Dr. Darren Riopelle, donated a building, equipment and supplies to Love INC. This allowed Love INC to open a free medical and dental center, servicing our community’s free dental care needs throughout the entire year.
Since the opening of the Love INC Free Dental Clinic in 2015, Smiles From The Heart holds a free day only when the Love INC Free Dental Clinic indicates there is a need larger than their capacity. On a regular basis, Smile donates its time, talent and resources at the Love INC free clinic. We are humbled to be part of this team.
Grand Haven Children’s Coast Guard Parade
Each year we participate in the Coast Guard Kid’s Parade. Did you see the tooth fairy?
Halloween Candy Buyback
Smile Grand Haven and Little Smiles partner with local schools to bring you our annual Halloween Candy Buyback.
During the first week of November, Little Smiles buys back candy from local children at $1 per pound. Another $1 per pound is also donated to the local school of the child’s choice. Schools compete for cash prizes to go towards their specific educational needs.
For adult community members who drop off their extra candy at Little Smiles, a donation of $1 per pound will be made to the local school of their choice.
Since 2008, we have collected over 7,000 pounds of candy! All candy is donated to Operation Gratitude through the National Guard. Shipping to Operation Gratitude in California has been graciously donated by AeroVision International in Muskegon.
February is Children’s Dental Health Month
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – a great time to educate children on the benefits of good oral health. But more importantly, it is a great opportunity to provide a fun and positive experience to reinforce making healthy choices and to develop a trusting partnership with healthcare providers.
Since 1995, we have met with hundreds of students, from preschoolers to third graders from local elementary schools. We provide age appropriate interactive games, science experiments, questions and answer sessions and bags containing toothbrushes, floss and goodies.
Each year we visit with over 600 local students from preschool to 2nd grade. We hope we visited with your child! It is tons of fun!
Out and about
Beyond our annual events, our team supports many local groups through sponsorship, donations, and time: TCM Counseling, Athena, Autism Support of West Shore, Grand Haven Schools Foundation, Spring Lake Schools Foundation, Bucs Sports Boosters, Children’s Advocacy Center, Love INC, Hands 2 Hands, Tri-Cities Youth Baseball, TCYMCA Youth Basketball League, United Way Day of Caring, and many, many more.