The team from Dr. Richard Staller’s Advanced Dentistry South Florida was glad to lend a helping hand to Boca Helping Hands. It was just before Thanksgiving and the team at Dr. Staller’s office volunteered more than 40 hours to help those in need. Team members carried out groceries to recipient’s cars, packaged grocery bags, packed bags of meat and cheese; and others prepared food and handed out food to those in need. Boca Helping Hands does not turn away anyone that is looking for a warm meal. With only a few actual employees, they rely heavily on volunteers. “Giving back to the community is one of our core values. We strongly believe in helping others and this is just one of the ways our team has shown this commitment. During the holidays especially, we all remember how grateful we are for what we have and it is important to help others who are less fortunate.,“ said Dr. Richard Staller. The team at Advanced Dentistry South Florida was not the only volunteers at Boca Helping Hands. Volunteers from Boca West County Club, Henry Schein Dental Supply and other community volunteers helped serve hundreds of families. It is quite the operation over at Boca Helping Hands. In addition to the volunteer efforts, Dr. Staller’s team also brought canned food and toothbrushes for children and adults. Boca Helping Hands is much more than just a soup kitchen. Volunteers at the food center serve hot meals six days a week to families and individuals that include the unemployed and underemployed, single parents, children and the elderly. In addition, they provide a pantry program that supplies grocery bags of food and staples for qualified people to help them meet their food needs. Job mentoring clients work with experienced human resource mentors to find employment for clients who are in need of a job, discussing with them interview skills needed to secure employment. The Resource Center provides many resources to clients facing financial difficulties. The Esperanza Catering at Boca Helping Hands provides catering services to many organizations while providing employment opportunities for those looking for work in the service industry. Treasure Chest Early Learning Center- Boynton Beach Dr. Staller and his team were also proud to sponsor the Treasure Chest Early Learning Centers initiative to teach children ages 3-5 to learn about nutrition. The partnership with the Community Caring Center of Greater Boynton Beach allows a special teacher to come into the classroom with young children and teach them not only about colors and numbers, but about making healthy decisions. Many of the children who come to the Treasure Chest Early Learning Center do not receive the required nutrition and learning about the benefits of fruits and vegetables help the children become more familiar and want healthier choices. In addition to sponsoring the program, two of Dr. Staller’s team members went out to the center to help plant a garden. The children learned about seeds and how they grow into food that can be eaten. The children had placed a seed into a moist environment the week before and saw the bean begin to sprout! They planted the beans, along with other vegetables in the garden just outside of their classroom. Every day, they can see the progress and watch their plant grow into food which they will eat! Katie and Kelli also taught about dental health for children. The students counted their teeth and learned how to brush properly. Good home care along with better nutrition will help to reduce the number of dental emergencies for children. Each child left with a toothbrush, toothpaste and coloring pages.