Van Orenstein, D.M.D. — The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group is excited to welcome our Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Van Orenstein! He is a native of Massachusetts, having been raised in Newton, where he attended the Newton North High School. He then went on to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont. Before returning to Massachusetts, Dr. Van covered a lot of distance! He attended dental school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and then completed a pediatric dental residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. Now, he is finally back home!
We did it again! This year’s Candy Drive was a great success, and we are proud to say we have collected even more candy than last year: over 7600 pounds! The candy will be sent as care packages with carepacks.org to the troops overseas as a sweet reminder of home.
Here are some highlights from the Candy Drive!
We were joined by so many wonderful people and organizations! We had the National Guards come out. We were also joined by some Veterans, and U.S. Marines who served as an amazing reminder for everything our troops do for us. We also had the Wellesley Police Department, along with Chief DeLorie and the Wellesley Fire Department—everyone who keeps us safe! All the local public schools were represented, along with many other schools and organizations from the surrounding MetroWest community. Many children and school principals came personally as well. Even local businesses and organizations came to drop off candy and show their support!
The spirit of patriotism was running high. Evan sang the National Anthem, and we had a moment of silence for those overseas.
The Wellesley Public Schools and surrounding MetroWest schools were each awarded 3 prizes to hand off to the raffle winners.
It is heart warming to see the whole MetroWest community come together in the spirit of giving. The Wellesley Fire Department and Wellesley Police Department, along with the National guards supporting the town-wide initiative to support the troops. All Wellesley Public Schools participated with many private and neighboring town schools.
We received so many handwritten notes. We imagine that these kind words of love and support will be even sweeter than the candy!
It has been so touching to see the message of health and giving being spread across our community. We really could not have done it without everyone’s help, and we want to thank everyone who participated! And lastly, a big thank you to the Wellesley Dental Group team that put in the hard work to make our Candy Drive such a success!
Check out out past Candy Drive Blogs!
A Special Thank You to the following Participants:
The Event: 7th Annual Community Candy Drive, celebrating Veteran’s Day with Candy and Cards for the US Troops
Date: Nov 14th 2014
Time: 10:00 am -11:00 am
The Community Candy Drive initiative started off small, seven years back, out of a desire to incentivize children to eat less candy, without decreasing any of the fun that Halloween brings, and instilling in them the spirit of sharing and giving.
It started as a community wide buy-back program, where kids could bring us their treats and we would pay them for it. This became immensely popular, and we decided to go a step further by sharing these treats with our troops abroad. Candy is not a big deal for most of us, but for those that are serving our country, it’s a piece of home, and a reflection of our gratitude for their sacrifices.
We send care packs to our soldiers via a Weymouth-based non-profit, Care Packs.
The response from our community has been phenomenal.
Last year, over twenty different organizations and Wellesley schools participated in our Annual Community Candy Drive. We were able to collect more than 7300 lbs. of candy! Students included heart-warming notes of gratitude and appreciation for the American Troops. This year, we have already been contacted by institutions across the metro-west region, including schools from Newton and Natick.
A graduate student and Fulbright scholar from Babson College, Meenah Tariq, is helping us with the event.
In order to make the event more fun for the kids that participate and reward their spirit of giving and community service, the 7th Annual Community Candy Drive incorporates an element of student appreciation, with a raffle for all participants, with the prizes being handed out at our grand finale on the 14th of November.
Guests and Speakers:
Ellen Gibbs, Selectman at Town of Wellesley
Dr. David Lussier , Wellesley School Superintendent
Wellesley High School Band – performance
Elementary School students – National Anthem
Participants 2014 (confirmed thus far):
At the Wellesley Dental Group we believe that the amazing turn-out and outpouring of donations and notes that we witness each year are a reflection of the strength of this community. It renews our faith in humanity to see young children sharing the treats they love so much, with our servicemen. We hope to continue and grow this tradition, making it bigger and better each year.
Media – Candy Drive 2014:
Wellesley Weston Blog: http://www.wwmblog.com/news/welldental-candydrive
Media – candy Drive 2013:
Photographs from past Candy Drive Events:
Send a sweet message of support to our brave soldiers overseas at our 7th Annual Candy Drive!
Drop off your candy donations and notes November 3rd-14th.
Please RSVP if interested in participating at our press event on November 14th at 10 A.M.
All participating schools will be winning 3 raffles prizes presented the day of the event. We have the Superintendent of Wellesley Schools, Dr. David Lussier, joining us along with U.S. Marines, the National Guard, Veterans, local police and fire department, and many other principals and students attending the event. We will be sending the care packages of candy, notes, and oral hygiene supplies through CarePacks. Local press will be capturing this special event. Celebrate everyone’s generous donations of candy and notes, enjoy refreshments, and get a picture with this year’s surprise candy display. All are welcome!
Check out last year’s turnout here!
There are several ways to teach and get your child excited about proper dental care. Yet, sometimes the lesson can be learned from simply reading a story. Children tend to enjoy stories that highlight characters and creative illustrations that they can relate to, which is also the same when it comes to books about dental health!