Hello, my name is Bryce Kallio. I am a freshman at Mountain Vista High School.
I am a member of the Board of Directors for TOgether Project, LLC. One of our primary projects is administering TO Smiles. Through TO Smiles, Total Orthodontics gives away ten sets of free braces to deserving children every year. This is why I am reaching out to you today. We are seeking applicants for our free braces and we would like to partner with you in this endeavor. Please watch this informational video to learn more about what we do and to hear from past recipients about this life-changing program.
The general criteria for being considered for the free braces and the application may be found at https://total-orthodontics.com/togetherproject/tosmiles/ Please share our information with potential applicants as well as colleagues, friends, family, leaders of youth organizations, etc!
I realize that the COVID pandemic makes contact with families more difficult, but please consider these ideas to connect us to applicants: post our video on your organization’s website and social media, post on personal social media pages, incorporate into newsletters and email blasts, post fliers and set out brochures that we can provide, etc.
To date, we have provided free braces to approximately 100 financially disadvantaged children. Unique to our program is the fact that recipients of the free braces Pay it Forward by doing a 40 hour community service project of their own design. This creates a ripple effect of goodwill in our community. Our recipients have already collectively donated over 4,000 hours of community service; that is two years of full time work!
Over the past 10 years, every major local news network has done a story on what we do (we used to call our program Smile for a Lifetime), and Dr. Theroux was even named a “Channel 7 Everyday Hero”. However, we still struggle to get applicants—mostly because many think the opportunity is “too good to be true”, so they do not apply. You can help change that! Historically, approximately 50% of applicants have been approved for free braces, so the odds of being accepted are actually quite good!
Our amazing Executive Director for the past 9 years, Theresa Bakken, would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you in partnering with us. TOP@tosmiles.com is her email. Thank you for helping us spread the word!
Finally, we are always concerned about our emails ending up in people’s SPAM folder, so could you please send me a quick email that you got this? In addition, I have attached an English and Spanish flyer that can be distributed to potential applicants. Thank you.