Highland Springs Residents Lend a Hand to the NETWORK

Tooth Fairy Project fills dental care needs for disadvantaged children

DALLAS, TX---It can be easy to take good health and dental hygiene for granted, especially at a younger age.  For those less fortunate, though, the basics of health care can be tough to come by. Richardson-based NETWORK of Community Ministries, a basic needs non-profit organization, offers assistance to children, low-income families and senior citizens. Through its Adolescent and Children's Clinic program, the NETWORK created the Tooth Fairy project in 2011.  On December 1st, sixteen residents of Highland Springs, an Erickson Living retirement community in North Dallas, volunteered at the headquarters. They spent their time assembling nine hundred dental packets consisting of a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, along with care pamphlets in both English and Spanish. The packets are then distributed to economically-disadvantaged children via local health fairs in the NETWORK's service area that encompasses fourteen zip codes in Dallas County. Elizabeth Wheeler, volunteer coordinator for the NETWORK, visited Highland Springs in October to meet with residents and community resources manager, Barbara Blachly, about partnership possibilities. "The value of volunteers like those from Highland Springs is immeasurable," described Ms. Wheeler.  "The NETWORK relies on individuals and groups to support our daily operations and special projects.  In 2010 alone, we served 48,000 individuals within the fourteen zip codes banded by the Richardson Independent School District." Ms. Wheeler notes that "the residents of Highland Springs did a great job with the Tooth Fairy project.  Their enthusiasm to help was much appreciated, and we look forward to future opportunities to work together." To learn more about supporting the NETWORK, contact Ms. Wheeler at 972-234-8880, ext. 114. View a photo here. About Highland Springs: Highland Springs, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  And the company's wide-ranging employee programs have earned Erickson Living numerous awards, including Fortune magazine's "Best Companies to Work For®" in 2008 and 2009.