12/13/18 Hosting holiday happiness
Jessica Williams / Times-News
Sachdev and Hogan Dentistry of Burlington provided blankets, which were placed under the Christmas tree.
Hosting holiday happiness
Dentist, ABSS serve dinner to homeless youth
By Jessica Williams, The Times-News 12/13/18
Reprinted with permission.
Christmas came early last week for Alamance County homeless youth and their families.
Sachdev and Hogan Dentistry of Burlington raised $3,000 to put on a dinner Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Occasions, 286 E. Front St., Burlington. They served 200 hot meals of fried chicken, green beans, potatoes, rolls, salad and banana pudding to those in need.
After dinner, the children and teenagers took part in Christmas craft activities, making cards and presents for family members, and they met Santa Claus, who handed out stockings stuffed with coloring books, crayons, candy canes, oranges, apples and boxes of raisins.
Sachdev and Hogan also provided blankets, which were placed neatly under the Christmas tree, and representatives from the Alamance-Burlington School System handed out goodie bags.
The dinner was planned by Darlene Greeson, patient coordinator for Sachdev and Hogan, who contacted her pastor to find out how the dentistry could “adopt” a child for Christmas. That led her to Bonita Brown, ABSS’ McKinney-Vento program specialist.
McKinney-Vento students are defined as lacking “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” and are considered homeless. This includes those living in shelters, hotels, or other family or nonbiological parents not by choice. As of May 2017, ABSS had 680 students dealing with these issues.
So, instead of adopting one child for Christmas, Greeson said, Sachdev and Hogan ended up adopting many.
All of the children were “very polite” and “had a blast,” she added. Even the older students were excited to receive their stockings from Santa Claus, and at the end volunteers were presented with a giant thank-you card for their efforts.
Greeson said the dentistry has already committed to hosting another dinner next year.