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Dr Varney’s Recent Mission Trip to Papua New Guinea

Shoes2Share: Helping Children in Need Across the Globe
Leesburg...and Beyond

Loudoun Dental Smiles worked in partnership with Shoes2Share to collect and send hundreds of new and gently worn pairs of shoes to the earthquake victims in Haiti. Our patients did an amazing job participating in the collection process.

Can you believe it? We at Loudoun Dental Smiles have collected hundreds of shoes to donate to the people in Haiti.

We owe you a BIG THANK YOU!!!

Thank you to all of our patients who reached into their hearts and closets to help this cause. We were overwhelmed by your generosity. Just look at all your shoes!!!

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Dr. Varney loaded the shoes in her trunk and they headed out to cover feet in need.

Thank you to everyone. We love our patients!!

DAAR 21st Annual Charity
Leesburg...and Beyond

For the past twenty-one years, the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS (DAAR) has sponsored a charity auction and dinner to raise funds to benefit local charities in Loudoun County. Since 1991, DAAR has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars from this event. Some of the local shelter-based charities receiving donations from this annual event include: Rebuilding Together/Christmas in April, Good Shepherd Alliance, Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter-Children's Services, Loudoun Cares, Loudoun Families for Children, Volunteers of American Emergency Shelter, and Volunteers of America-Transitional Housing Shelter. Loudoun Dental Smiles was pleased to contribute baskets of dental products and free whitening offers as items for auction for the event held at River Creek Country Club in Leesburg. We support this event annually and are proud to be part of such a caring community! See photos of the event here!

Winter Coat Drive
Leesburg...and Beyond

Because of the big hearts and creative minds of our Loudoun Dental Smiles staff, the office hosted a winter coat drive in November and December. Through the generosity of our patients and staff, we were able to contribute almost 50 coats and winter items to Maggie’s Closet! Maggie’s Closet is a local non-profit store providing quality clothing for individuals and families in need at no cost. They celebrated their 2nd birthday in December and has served over 900 families. Thank you so much to all who donated and help to spread warmth to those in need this winter season! Loudoun Dental Smiles plans to make this an annual office project.

Burkina Faso
VIII Medical-Humanitarian Trip
Dr. Sandra Varney's Missions Trip
Leesburg Global Engagement

Dr. Sandra Varney, along with a team of 36 other individuals traveled to Burkina Faso, the third poorest country in the world to offer medical and humanitarian work. It was the eighth trip to this country.  Emsimision opens the doors to ongoing sanitary projects aimed at helping the most needy of the population.  A container filled with supplies for ongoing projects left its Barcelona port to arrive in time for the team to share, teach, work and use while providing medical and dental services for the people in Burkina Faso.

Giving ~ Training ~ Practicing


The methodology that Emsimision applies to sanitary development cooperation projects is an identity feature of our organization, which has to do with our motivation and reason for being. The challenge to "love our neighbor as ourselves" goes beyond reading and learning these words it is to demonstrate them.  That's why our motto is and will be to:
"to love as Jesus loves."

Dr. Sandra Varney's thoughts regarding the missions trip:

"I have done many dental missions trips over the 20 years, but none were as exhausting, exciting and life influencing as this one.  In April, I went with a Christian group out of Barcelona, Spain called Emsimision to Burkina Faso which is in French speaking West Africa, and is the 6th poorest country in the world.  This group had a three pronged approach of sending medical and dental teams to treat people in remote villages, training native university students to do medical/dental procedures, and giving out humanitarian aid and gifts as a way of showing God's love.  You can see the scope of their work in the attachment and on their web site.

Most of the people were from Spain and spoke only limited English, three were from Greece who were fluent in both Greek and English, and then there was me from the US who was fluent in English and yes, English.  What was I thinking going with a Spanish speaking group to a French speaking country and only knowing English!  But camaraderie of getting the job done in adverse circumstances, the natural human desire for relationships and the love bond that just simply occurs when helping those in need, all prevailed and culminated in an amazing, unbelievable two weeks.  It was like being transplanted in time.  You were surrounded by simple, hard working people whose only goal was to eek out provision for the next day; and who were grateful for whatever little you had to offer.  Out of the heat (104-106 F each day), the dry dust, and poverty, a unique atmosphere developed that allowed you to love and feel loved in a very special way.  In the end, these people gave us far more than what we gave them and taught us lessons in life that could not be learned living in the suburbs of Northern Virginia.

The lessons of life were many as we concluded our time.  We left exhausted but fulfilled, having many questions but gaining much wisdom, and emotionally drained but totally committed to returning someday soon.  We even managed some crazy fun at an alligator farm before heading back to our same western world...but we were not the same."

Dental Care Packages for Children at Johns Hopkins Rehab Center
Leesburg...and Beyond

Loudoun Dental Smiles was able to partner with our patient Gail and her son Nick to provide hygiene care kits for children with spinal cord injuries. These patients ranged in age from 2 to 20 years and were being treated at Johns Hopkins Rehavilitation Center. The purpose of thise endeavor was to give a little extra tender loving care and attention to the children during their stay at the hospital. Nick orchestrated this project in support of his older brother who suffered a spinal cord injury in a bike accident several years ago. Gail and Nick were able to hande deliver the care packages, play games, and spend time talking with the children. We are blessed to partner with such kind and caring patients!

Special Olympics Golf Tournament
Leesburg...and Beyond

Loudoun Dental Smiles was privileged and honored with the opportunity to support the Special Olympics golf tournament at River Creek Country Club this August!

The mission of the Special Olympics is,”To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.”

LDS was thrilled to be a part of this mission by supporting the Special Olympic athletes. Providing a fun, safe and memorable experience for the athletes is an incredible service to our community and its members, and LDS was more than happy to be a part of this exciting day.

For more information about the Special Olympics program in Loudoun County, click here.

We are proud of all of the athletes and volunteers that made this wonderful event possible and look forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Loudoun Dental Smiles Sends Dental Supplies to Brazil With Missions Team
Leesburg Global Engagement

This summer, one of our teenage patients was part of a church missions team to Benevides, Brazil. The purpose of the trip was to host a family camp for the families in the poor community of Benevides and also to build a house for a family with two children who lost their home in a flood. Each team member brought with them two 70lb suitcases filled with supplies and donated items. These items included sports equipment, clothes, and dental equipment such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and small prizes donated by Loudoun Dental Smiles.

Walking around the community in the town of Benevides

The recycling co-op where the people from the community work to earn a living

When the team arrived in Brazil they were met by full-time missionaries Holly and Marcello. They were introduced to the families in the community and were soon hard at work on rebuilding a house for the family that was homeless due to the heavy rains. The team was able to complete the house in 4 days which in itself was amazing!

In the process of building a house for one of the families in the community

The homeless family from the community in front of their new house

The team in front of the finished house

While the housebuilding project was going on, half of the team was running a family camp for the families in the community to encourage the parents to spend time with their children. Each day the family camp provided games, singing, and a craft. At the end of each day, the families were offered several classes that the kids could take such as art, writing, and English. The kids loved the classes and took full advantage of them.

The week was finished out with a "futbol" tournament, the most popular form of soccer in Brazil. The kids got to show off their skills and teach the guests from the US a few tricks.

Traveling to another country really made the team appreciate their loving families and the luxuries we take for granted here in America.

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