City dentists are being asked to donate their time to the less fortunate after the recent death of a practitioner who provided free care to residents of a downtown Kamloops shelter.
Bruce Tucker had been providing his dental services to clients at the dental clinic at the Mustard Seed, formerly New Life Mission, for about six years prior to his death. In that time, Tucker provided more than 4,300 appointments and donated dental instruments.
The Mustard Seed launched a campaign on Friday called Give a Day, Change a Life, through which local dentists are encouraged to give a day of their time this year to volunteer their professional services to the clinic.
The non-profit Mustard Seed dental clinic opened in 1999 and typically operates three or four days each week, scheduling about 150 appointments per month.
The clinic currently has three dentists, four dental assistants and two receptionists.