Delta Dental of Washington celebrates smile power in the South Sound

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For two days, Sept. 19-20, Delta Dental of Washington’s Tooth Fairy and Smile Power team traveled about town in the Smile Power vehicle, bringing surprise and delight moments and offering free smiles to those they met. During this year’s annual Smile Power Tour, Delta Dental honored Smile Makers – community members and local organizations – that were nominated for bringing smiles to others through their actions and words to help make their communities a better place. Each surprise was personalized to ensure an experience as unique and special as they are – planned with help from the nominator. A

Smile Maker is anyone who brightens your day and brings smiles to you and others in your community, from your favorite barista or a friendly grocery store clerk to your coworker or next-door neighbor. In Tacoma, the winners were:

Ray Jensen: Local barber Ray Jensen was nominated for his commitment to growing a child-centered community in the area. Although his livelihood is a barber, his nominator and friend Tiffany Y’vonne noted, “…his true impact is community parenting. People’s Barbershop is ‘that’ home for many youth, specifically young men… Ray and his shop embody the village rooted in culture, and modeling positive manhood in the Hilltop of Tacoma.” The Smile Power team surprised Jensen in his shop, alongside friends and colleagues, with tickets to a local sporting event and a donation of dental kits, books and school supplies toward his Rock the Rim back-to-school program.

Rachel Depoule-Voss: “Rachel is a Smile Maker because she saves lives.” Rachel Depoule-Voss was nominated as a Smile Maker by her surrogate daughter for being a mother figure to so many in the community. Depoule-Voss, a former children’s hospice nurse of 12 years, runs Stepping Stones Housing, an organization supporting recovering drug-addicts and ex-felons, helping them to find housing and get back on their feet. Depoule-Voss runs the organization almost entirely out of her own pocket. The Tooth Fairy and Smile Power team surprised Depoule-Voss with a donation of hygiene products to support her work with the organization as well as a personal gift of fishing supplies for her favorite hobby.

If you know someone that sounds like a Smile Maker, nominate them at www.DeltaDentalWA.com/Smile for a chance for them to be recognized on next year’s tour.

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