The Associated Press
Last year during her first mission trip to Guatemala, Etta Stewart discovered that children worldwide lack simple resources to lead healthy lives. Families that live on about $2 per day in some Guatemalan areas are unable to afford the cost of a toothbrush, leading to premature tooth loss and continued dental problems.
Stewart has decided to do what she can for these families and is seeking Valdosta’s help in gathering and sending 10,000 toothbrushes to the mission organizations Living Waters International and Amazon Medical Missions.
Living Waters International feeds 10,000 children through six centers in Guatemala and four centers in Albania, with each center operating an Adopt-A-Child sponsorship program. The website is www.adopt-a-child.com.
The other ministry for which Stewart is collecting toothbrushes, Amazon Medical Missions, is an annual medical-focus mission trip, providing medical care to those living along the Amazon River in Peru. The website is www.amazonmedicalmissions.org.
The drive, which Stewart appropriately calls “10,000 toothbrushes,” began Feb. 1 and will continue until May 31, 2014, with various donation options for anyone who contributes. Toothbrush contributions may be dropped off at Factor X Fitness in the Promenade Plaza (next to Books-A-Million).
Bulk orders are possible at Overstock.com with 144 toothbrushes costing less than $12.