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Carrie Mikkonen is the Care Mobile Program Manager. Carrie Mikkonen is the Care Mobile Program Manager.

When you hear about the Ronald McDonald house, you probably think of the house, but the things they do burst well beyond these walls.

Check out the Ronald McDonald/Delta Dental Care Mobile. Care Mobile is a 40 foot long, state-of-the-art dental office on wheels that travels around South Dakota helping kids in every small town, city, township, nook and cranny in the state.

Carrie Mikkonen is the Care Mobile Program Manager. She says, We've done close to $10 million worth of care, almost 22,000 children, and we will continue to do this. It costs about $18,000 a week to run this truck, We give away toothbrushes and toothpaste and we do a lot of oral health education, and tobacco counseling.

Carrie's job is an important one, especially when you consider that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease.

In addition to full dental exams and x rays, Care Mobile even updates kids vaccinations.

Kim Van Dam's four children have been coming to the Care Mobile for almost eight years.

Kim says, "It's been a wonderful blessing for us, we don't have insurance and even if you do have dental insurance, when you have to pay for cavities getting filled, caps or crowns that adds up a lot."

Support Phil and me as we prepare for Thursday night's McKilts event at McNally's in Sioux Falls. To make a donation, visit either of our pages. The one who raises the most will do the Thursday's 5pm weathercast in a kilt.

With your support, the Ronald McDonald/Delta Dental Care Mobile will continue to travel the state giving more and more kids a reason to smile.

Carrie Mikkonen says, "one of the main things the kids say is that it helped my self-esteem. what more can we do for the kids of South Dakota?"

I mean, sure, it'll be fun to see Phil or me wear a kilt, but these smiles are what this is really all about.

Support Phil and me as we prepare for Thursday night's McKilts event at McNally's in Sioux Falls. To make a donation, visit either of our pages. The one who raises the most will do the Thursday's 5pm weathercast in a kilt.

To donate to Phil, go here: www.PhilinaKilt.com

To donate to Shawn, CLICK HERE.

When you hear about the Ronald McDonald house, you probably think of the house, but the things they do burst well beyond these walls.

 

Check out the Ronald McDonald/Delta Dental Care Mobile. Care Mobile is a 40 foot long, state-of-the-art dental office on wheels that travels around South Dakota helping kids in every small town, city, township, nook and cranny in the state.

 

Carrie Mikkonen is the Care Mobile Program Manager. She says, We've done close to $10 million worth of care, almost 22,000 children, and we will continue to do this. It costs about $18,000 a week to run this truck, We give away toothbrushes and toothpaste and we do a lot of oral health education, and tobacco counseling.

 

Carrie's job is an important one, especially when you consider that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease.

 

In addition to full dental exams and x rays, Care Mobile even updates kids vaccinations.

 

Kim Van Dam's four children have been coming to the Care Mobile for almost eight years.

 

Kim says, "It's been a wonderful blessing for us, we don't have insurance and even if you do have dental insurance, when you have to pay for cavities getting filled, caps or crowns that adds up a lot."

 

With your support, the Ronald McDonald/Delta Dental Care Mobile will continue to travel the state giving more and more kids a reason to smile.

 

Carrie Mikkonen says, "one of the main things the kids say is that it helped my self-esteem. what more can we do for the kids of South Dakota?"

 

I mean, sure, it'll be fun to see Phil or me wear a kilt, but these smiles are what this is really all about.

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