Giving back to the Kitsap County community has always been a part of Kitsap Kid’s Dentistry’s mission. In October of 2015, we introduced our Smiles for Kitsap program, the main objectives of which were to raise both money and awareness for local non profit charitable organizations. For our very first period, our topic was “children.” In order to enter to win, one of our county’s local not profits benefiting children had to post information about their non profit on our Facebook “Smiles For Kitsap” page. Many of our almost 3,000 Facebook followers and their friends voted on their favorite children’s nonprofit, and we are delighted to announce that the Bremerton Backpack Brigade was the winner of our $1,500 donation. The Bremerton Backpack Brigade is a licensed, non-Profit organization, endorsed by the Bremerton School District, governed by a board of directors and facilitated exclusively by volunteers. Each week, volunteers fill the backpacks with practical, shelf stable and kid friendly foods including milk, fresh fruits, and vegetables, for delivery to the schools. Programs such as this have been shown to increase attendance, decrease behavior problems, improve concentration abilities and improve academic achievement. We are so excited to have been able to contribute to such a worthwhile organization! The Backpack Brigade tells us that, because of our donation, they will be able to feed 300 families each weekend for an entire month! We think that’s pretty amazing!
Stay tuned for our next “Smiles For Kitsap” period, which should be up and running in mid January.