VALPARAISO | Designed to raise awareness and collect oral care products for children and teens in need, the America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive is being held this month, National Children’s Dental Health Month. With participation from 3,900 Walmart locations, the America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive will promote oral health for families across the nation.

Residents can visit Walmart stores in Valparaiso and Portage this month to drop off donated oral care products for youths and pick up their free Kid’s Activity Packs including: America’s ToothFairy Kids Club free membership cards, ToothFairy 101 educational activities for children and coupons from Crest and Oral-B. Donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and rinse will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County.

“We are so grateful that Walmart, an America’s ToothFairy Proud Underwriter, is helping to ensure children across the nation benefit from our National Children’s Dental Health Month campaign,” said Fern Ingber, National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) president and CEO.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America has a strong commitment to a healthy lifestyle for the youths they serve. Through the America’s ToothFairy Youth Mentoring Program, BGCA has incorporated oral health mentoring activities into their clubs.

Annette is Porter County Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for 20 years. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.