Orthodontist offers free braces if patients do community service - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Orthodontist offers free braces if patients do community service

Posted: Updated:
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Dr. Christopher Frigo does more than straighten teeth, he mentors his patients and talks to them about the importance of volunteering.

"Kids really look up to orthodontists and I'm really proud of that fact," Frigo said. "It gives us the opportunity to serve as a role model and say hey if we can do it, you can do it and you can start at a younger level."

But he also wants to spread the message by setting an example and giving to those who cannot afford braces. He joined the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation which offers free braces for doing community service.

"There is a whole number of opportunities available for kids to take advantage of and then in turn they get their braces placed at no charge, so this is a really unique opportunity," Frigo said. "It's the only one like it in the state, we are the first to set it up in the state of Mississippi."

Social Media and Marketing Coordinator Elise Doran said, "There's not certain projects we give them to do, they can volunteer at a shelter. They can volunteer at a vet clinic they can help out with the troops, sending things to the troops."

Doran is helping spearhead the project and believes that by allowing patients to chose how they volunteer it may inspire them to continue community service long after they get their braces off.

"It just creates good people and you want everyone to be in the community and be involved and just create a great atmosphere to live in," Doran said.

"When I was a kid I didn't have someone show me hey how you give back," Frigo said. "I'm trying to put some structure to it so that kids can know where to go when they want to give back. They can come to us and say, 'Hey how can I give back? Where can I go to help get involved in the community.'"

This is the first year Dr. Frigo's office has been involved in the program and they hope to accept six applicants. Click here to learn more information about the program or to check out their volunteer calendar and get involved.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Less crowds in second Spring Break weekend

    Less crowds in second Spring Break weekend

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:37:15 GMT
    If you were on Highway 90 Sunday, you may have noticed less traffic and fewer crowds on the beach. That's because the final weekend of Spring Break wrapped up Sunday. We talked to businesses and law enforcementMore >>
    If you were on Highway 90 Sunday, you may have noticed less traffic and fewer crowds on the beach. That's because the final weekend of Spring Break wrapped up Sunday. We talked to businesses and law enforcement to find out how it all went.More >>
  • Potential robber dies after getting stuck in oven vent

    Potential robber dies after getting stuck in oven vent

    Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.More >>
    Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.More >>
  • Gulfport man killed in I-10 rollover accident

    Gulfport man killed in I-10 rollover accident

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:53:08 GMT
    A Gulfport man who was thrown from his vehicle in a rollover accident Sunday night, died on the side of Interstate 10 as a result of his injuries. The accident happened near mile marker 36.More >>
    A Gulfport man who was thrown from his vehicle in a rollover accident Sunday night, died on the side of Interstate 10 as a result of his injuries. The accident happened just before 7pm near mile marker 36.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.