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Community helps dentistry damaged in Richmond riots

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 15:01:29-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- For three decades, Richmond Dentistry for Children on West Broad Street in downtown Richmond has been a staple of the community, helping children and families from under-served communities.

"We love to see them from the time they’re little and watch them grow up. We support them and the community," Dr. Brandon Allen said.

Allen grew up as a patient in the practice.

His father, years ago, served in the Army with Dr. Randy Adams.

Allen said it was Adams who inspired him to go into dentistry after finishing at Hampton University.

Now, he said, working alongside him is a joy.

The practice holds a special place in his heart.

That’s why seeing the building vandalized during recent Richmond riots was so difficult.

The night after the dental practice was damaged, and other businesses were hit, both doctors stood watch all night long to make sure nothing happened.

But something did.

They witnessed an outpouring of support from current and former patients who stopped by and called to see how they could help.

"It happened around 2 a.m. I got here around 10 a.m. and these boards were already put up. I didn't put them here. People had already come to help us clean up. It lifted our hearts," Dr. Allen said.

"It says the community really cares. There are good people who look out for us and we are thankful," Dr. Adams added.

Part of the outpouring was a GoFundMe account set up by the Virginia Dental Association Foundation and the Virginia Dental Association that more than $30,000.

Individuals and businesses like the Colonial Downs Group and Rosie’s Give Back program also contributed thousands in matching funds.

It's money that will help this beloved dental practice pour even more back into the Richmond community and children and families who need it most.

Adams said the community donations will be used to provide dental assistance to those who don’t have insurance.

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