OKLAHOMA CITY - This week, thousands of Oklahomans will get free dental care.
This is for the 7th Annual Oklahoma Mission of Mercy made possible by the collaboration of the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Oklahoma Dental Foundation and the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation.
"I need to get my teeth cleaned and feel better," said eight-year-old Mercedes Hernandez.
Hernandez is one of the thousands of Oklahomans in desperate need of dental attention.
She has some loose teeth, and she's ready for them to come out.
"Because, I get to put it under my pillow," Hernandez said.
She said she is hoping for the tooth fairy to show up!
"She leaves a present," Hernandez said.
At the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy, hundreds of volunteers from dentists to dental technicians donate their time to provide free services for people in need - from cleanings and fillings to extractions and root canals, services that are impacting many lives.
"Everybody's heart bursts when they leave here, and that's what I hope, and I hope that they feel better and feel healthier and stay healthier," said Shannon Griffin, Oklahoma Mission of Mercy.
"We get them fixed!" said Pastor Sandy Lynn Patton.
For patients like Patton, times are tough, and she doesn't want to live with her broken teeth forever.
"You have to have money to have insurance, and I don't have enough money for the insurance, so I don't have it, but this is just a Godsend. This is the answer to a lot of people's problems," Patton said.
People have already started lining up for Saturday’s event so, if you’re in need of some dental work, get to the Cox Convention Center soon.
Organizers will open the doors at 8 p.m. Friday, so people can wait inside where it’s warm for Saturday’s services to kick off around 5 a.m.
The first 1,000 people get accepted.