Local dental office assisting in Harvey relief

BREMERTON — Current Dental of Bremerton and Bainbridge Island is collecting donations of hygiene-related items to send to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, as part of the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.

“A lot of organizations are asking for money, but there’s a lot of people who want to help but can’t afford actual money [donations],” Diana Brink, office manager of Current Dental, said. “We figured people could go to the dollar store, get hygiene kits or an item or something. It would go [to Houston] with other people’s donations to make a big difference.”

Throughout September, Current Dental is accepting any hygiene-related donation. Their publicized list includes toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, tissues, bandages, deodorant, feminine-hygiene products, razors — “Anything that falls in the line of hygiene,” Brink said.

They also ask for over-the-counter birth control, small toys and stickers, and encouraging cards and notes for victims.

“I belong to a church and we’ve had kids just write letters,” Brink said. “A note from a child or whoever wants to participate … there’s many ways to help.”

At the end of the four-week collection period, all collected items will be sent to the convention center because, Brink said, they already have a system in place to disseminate the donations through local organizations.

“I think it’s just important that we’re trying to to get the word out that Current Dental is about our community,” Brink said. “If we all pool together, we can make a huge difference.”

Donated items are being collected at both Current Dental offices. In Bremerton: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 2625 Wheaton Way, Suite D, 360-373-2539. In Bainbridge Island: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 213 Madison Ave., Suite 100, 206-317-6710.

— Michelle Beahm is online editor for Kitsap News Group. She can be reached at mbeahm@soundpublishing.com.