Posts Tagged ‘charity’

IDS in the Community – Spreading Joy to a Family in Need During the Holidays

January 2nd, 2018

At IDS we strive to make a difference in the lives of those around us. One way that we extended our “Care Deeply” company value this holiday season was by adopting a local family in need.

We paired with Closer to Home, a local social assistance program, to help a family with two little girls have a special Christmas. From their website, Closer to Home states,

“As we have all witnessed this year in Calgary, some families are one situation away from spiralling into crisis and increased stress, which could easily lead to family breakdown. Closer to Home addresses a broad spectrum of issues that put families at risk of falling into crisis. These issues include poverty, mental health, family violence, divorce, addiction, job loss, parenting and family issues.”

Our sponsored family asked for practical winter necessities such as winter boots, socks, mitts and underwear, which we provided along with additional toys so the parents are able to provide their kids with gifts from Santa. With the help and generosity of our fantastic staff, we were able to get every single thing on our adopt a family’s wish list.

 We hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday and has a fantastic 2018!

 

IDS in the Community – Blankets Hand Crafted with Love for Ronald McDonald House

December 1st, 2016

What is the best way to give back this holiday season? For the folks at Imagination Dental Solutions giving back means reaching out to one of our favorite charities – Ronald McDonald House Charities – and crafting blankets for the children in their care.

Ronald McDonald House provides seriously ill children and their families with a place to call home that is close to a medical facility. We have worked with the RMHC before to build several Magic Rooms, a wonderful place for these children to celebrate a special event such as a successful surgery or that they are going home.

IDS - Blankets for Charity 2016

This holiday season the crew at IDS hand assembled blankets of all sizes to help kids at the Ronald McDonald House feel comforted and loved. Over the course of two evenings, we hand cut, tied, and crafted the blankets and will be bringing them to our local RMHC just in time for the holidays.

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Group activities are a great form of team building. Team building activities can be especially meaningful when paired with an element that benefits your community or a charity. We encourage business owners to bring your own staff together and see what you can do this holiday season.

From Instructables, here’s how you can make your own tied fleece blanket.

From everyone at Imagination Dental Solutions, we encourage you to share the warmth of giving with those who need it most. Happy Holidays!

 

Marketing Tips – Celebrating Different Holidays in Your Themed Office

November 1st, 2016

Kids love holidays! Celebrate the holidays in your office with costumes, decorations, and contests! If you have IDS office theming don’t miss the opportunity to throw a Santa hat on an elephant or turn a crocodile into a spooky ghost for Halloween! Fun photo opportunities will abound in your themed office. Here are some other ideas for ways you can celebrate the holidays with your patients.

 

Halloween

October is the gateway to plenty of office decorating opportunities! Decorations, additional props, and even contests are a great way to engage patients and show off your festive spirit.

The holidays can also be used as an important educational tool for children in many dental offices. After Halloween, many children participate in ‘Candy Buyback’ events that allow kids to bring their candy to their local dental office in exchange for money or small dental-related gifts.

Not only does this teach your patients about the importance of healthy eating habits, it also gives them the opportunity to donate to a cause. Many Candy Buyback events donate the collected candy to military troops overseas to lift their spirits during the holidays.
 

Thanksgiving

November welcomes in Thanksgiving, which is a great time to host contests on your social media page or decorate with arts and crafts made by your patients. Encouraging children to be creative in the waiting room helps to distract kids from any dental worries, and nurtures their imagination.

A dental-related coloring contest can be a great way to get your social media hopping. Post the coloring pages and host a contest to get some social buzz around your practice.
 

Christmas

In December the spirit of giving is at its peak. This month is the perfect opportunity to educate children on the importance of charity and dental health. Host contests to see how many toothbrushes your patients can collect to donate to a local shelter. Encourage children to donate the money they receive from the Tooth Fairy to a cause that is important to them.

As a dental practice, you can host contests or raffles encouraging patients to support local charities. This is also the perfect time to turn your office into a winter wonderland through the addition of fluffy snow, holiday hats, and cut-paper snowflakes made by your patients!

 

Don’t forget about Easter, Back to School, and Valentine’s Day. There are so many ways to celebrate all year long. Enjoy the holidays and remember to take advantage of them to help promote your business!

 

IDS in the Community – Fifi the Fish – A Book Illustrated by IDS for Charity

August 1st, 2016

IDS joined together with one of our office theming clients, Dr. Leslie Jacobs, to create a children’s book for charity.

Dr. Leslie Jacobs, who has an office themed around another book she wrote, has created a brand new story for IDS to illustrate. The book was illustrated by Michelle Morean Baptista, one of the talented artists at IDS whose ideas become the fun and welcoming theming featured in dental offices across North America. Dr.

“Fifi the Freckle Faced Fish” follows the tale of Fifi the fish, a character embarrassed by her speckled face that makes her look different. As she and her friends journey through the animal kingdom they realize their differences are what make them special. It is a story of acceptance and embracing what makes each of us unique.

Proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), a charity that is very important to IDS owner David Nolan, whose son has autism. You can learn more about this charity at autisticadvocacy.org

To find out more and to order your own copy of “Fifi the Freckled Face Fish” visit: http://www.imaginationdental.com/freckles/

 

IDS in the Community – Helping the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

July 30th, 2015

Imagination Dental Solutions is very happy to have had an opportunity to help the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, a charitable association based in Denver.

As part of their services, the Coalition has a family night each Wednesday where they provide important health services to the children of working parents experiencing homelessness, including pediatric dental care.

From their website:

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Dental Clinic provides comprehensive and emergency services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness regardless of insurance coverage. The Dental team provides compassionate and professional service in a state-of-the-art facility. The experienced and friendly staff will make sure you leave with a smile.

The Dental Clinic also provides outstanding care for children and teens during regular hours in a calming environment. Families, who are unable to make appointments during the day, are also encouraged to visit the Monthly Pediatrics Night, where families can access dental services, as well as primary care, eye exams, and fun activities for kids. 

IDS created a friendly mural featuring a happy hippo for their dental treatment room. The fun visual should add an extra level of comfort to children visiting the clinic.

We recently received an email from the Coalition that said:

“Our dental clinic is thrilled to see children enter our pediatric exam room with wide eyes and smiles as opposed to fear and trepidation. You have made the environment more welcoming to say the least!”

The team at Imagination Dental Solutions is proud to have had an opportunity to help the Coalition and the many families that use their services. We are always glad to help children smile!

For more information about the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, please visit their website.