It's the time of year to give and help others. The holidays can bring out the best in the community, and in one local dental office, that is definitely the case.
Robert Funk, DDS, a dentist in Royersford, would like to make Christmas a little brighter for some local children, so he is holding a toy and clothing drive for people in the community who may not be able to provide Christmas for their families this year.
Last year was the first year Funk and his office staff participated in collecting for a charity. 'Last year my staff decided that they wanted to do some kind of charitable thing for the Christmas holiday, and we got in touch with Project Outreach, a local clothing and food bank, headed by Meda Maron,' Funk said. 'We ended up donating gift cards to some families who Maron recommended to us. She took care of all the particulars. We got the gift cards and enclosed them in Christmas cards and sent them with a message. We did choose to be anonymous.'
Funk's office staff enjoyed giving to the community so much, they took it a step further.
'Later in the year my staff volunteered to help out at the Royersford United Methodist church on a monthly basis at their community dinner,' Funk said. 'The girls helped serve the food that the Methodist volunteers had prepared, and we help clean up, do the dishes, etc.'
When the holiday season came around again this year, Funk and his staff decided that they would like to collect for a charity again.
'This year for Christmas, we asked Outreach what we could do to help them, and they suggested a toy/clothing drive. We are collecting unwrapped new toys, new hats, coats, gloves and scarves for kids ages 12 and under,' Funk said. 'We made up a gift box and started posting on Facebook. We have had a decent response from our patients, and slowly the box is filling up.'
Once the toy drive is completed, Funk will take the donated toys and clothing to Project Outreach in Royersford, and they will take care of delivering the items to local families.
Administrative Assistant for Funk, Chris Colletti, came up with the idea of giving back to the community.
'I suggested volunteering of all sorts to him, and he was eager to jump on board. He has been very supportive and generous,' Colletti said. 'We do need lots of help collecting for Project Outreach, it doesn't matter if you're a patient or not.'
Funk is a Spring-Ford native, and has followed his father's footsteps by taking on his dental practice, and continuing to serve the surrounding areas.
'(We are) trying to maintain a small town atmosphere in an increasingly impersonal health care world,' Funk said. 'We have a very up-to-date office as far as technology goes, and we pride ourselves on keeping the personal touch, taking time to talk and find out about our patients' families, lives, and trying to help them maintain healthy teeth. We have with some families four generations who come to us for their dental care. I think that is pretty cool, having patients who I have watched grow up bringing their kids in to our office.'
Donations for the toy/clothing drive can be dropped off at Funk's office located at 20 N. 4th Avenue, Royersford.