The Shawnee County Dental Care Fund got its first two deposits Thursday.
The Capital Federal Foundation and the Topeka Rotary Foundation donated a combined $12,000.
The fund will pay for Marian Dental Clinic to perform emergency procedures for those who are uninsured and live in poverty.
"Providing dental care is very important in the long term for people," said Karla Hedquist, the program director of Health Access. "But especially low income residents who don't have access to funds that will get them out of pain and help them in the long term."
The staff at Marion is happy that they will be able to continue helping the community.
"The need is very great in this community," said executive director Robert Trepinski. "We are very grateful to be entrusted to carry out that care for our friends and neighbors."
Last year, the clinic served over 3,000 of those neighbtors that could not afford traditional dental costs.
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