Health
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Mission Of Mercy Expects Turnout Of Thousands

At a Mission of Mercy in Chicago last year, providers try to care for as many people as possible in the short amount of time.
At a Mission of Mercy in Chicago last year, providers try to care for as many people as possible in the short amount of time.
Credit Chicago Dental Society / flickr Creative Commons

More than 2,000 people are expected to take advantage of free dental work Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum Pavilions.

The Kansas Mission of Mercy has returned to Wichita for the first time since 2006. Back then, 1900 people took advantage of an estimated $1 million of free dental care including cleanings, fillings and extractions.

Greg Hill, the executive director of the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, said their goal is to provide dental care to as many patients as they can during the two days. More than 500 dental professionals are registered to participate.

“We want to take care of their dental needs that for whatever reason, they haven’t been able to get taken care of,” said Hill.

There are no eligibility or income requirements.

Doors open at 5:30 a.m. both days and all patients are helped on a first-come, first-served basis but be prepared, the lines are long.

Kansas Coliseum Pavilions are located at 1229 E. 85th St. N., Park City, Kan.