FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — People began lining up for a free dental clinic in Fayetteville Wednesday night. The clinic began at 6 a.m. Friday at the Crown Complex and at least 800 people were already in line at the time.
Those who lined up Wednesday night were given wristbands so they could return Friday at 3 a.m. Others who did not get wristbands camped out overnight.
Those in attendance are there for free cleanings, fillings, extractions and partial denture constructions for front teeth.
Those in attendance said the clinic is a big help for them.
“It helps out a whole lot because it makes me feel, I told them, like a princess, because I feel like everybody is there to help and support and it started with a smile first because we’re already going through a lot and everybody’s situation is different, but to come in here and just feel welcome. The atmosphere is so calm. It makes me feel a lot better,” Fayetteville resident Cindy McKoy said.
The event is designed for adults who otherwise couldn’t afford dental care.
“I love to smile and it kind of puts me back when I’m not able to smile, and because the work was offered and the cost is very high and I can’t afford it, so I came out to get me some work that could help me keep a brighter look,” said Fayetteville resident Tracy Massaline.
Treatment will be first come, first served.
Pulling an event off like this takes hundreds of volunteers, including dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, as well as nurses.
The North Carolina Missions of Mercy put the event on with the help of others partners. It takes about $40,000 to pay for an event like this.
Organizers said previous clinics have provided more than $1.5 million in free dental care to about 2,500 people.
The clinic continues until 5 p.m. Friday and then picks back up Saturday at 6 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m.