National ASDA’s Week of Service was this past January from the 17th-25th and here at the College of Dental Medicine students were able to get involved and serve the community. We partnered with the Lowcountry Food Bank to collect nonperishable items to help fight hunger in Charleston and 10 neighboring coastal counties. Students collected 200 canned and boxed food items to be donated!
During the rest of the week ASDA hosted a virtual drive for students to join the Be the Match bone marrow registry. Students entered their information online so a cheek swab kit could be mailed to their house. Joining the registry increases the chances of those diagnosed with blood cancers to find a match. This event was quite possibly the most important one of the week because it was inspired by a cause very close to South Carolina ASDA's heart as one of our chapter members recently suffered the loss of a close family member to leukemia.
ASDA’s Week of Service motivated our chapter to get more involved in the community and host more outreach events throughout the rest of the semester. On March 28th, we will be teaming up with a local Orange Theory studio for a charity workout class.
All proceeds will go toward the North Charleston Free Dental Clinic. Students will get to workout knowing that they are putting their money toward a great cause which will help the people of Charleston. Stay tuned for more community service events in the future!
- Kelsey Fierstein, D3