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Roanoke Mission of Mercy clinic to provide free dental care to hundreds

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The Roanoke Mission of Mercy is holding it's annual free dental clinic this weekend.

The two day event provides free dental care to hundreds of people each year.

This year 900 people were given tickets to attend the event.

They'll each receive free dental care and health screenings.

Gary Helton of Roanoke Mission of Mercy says volunteers will perform about $900,000 worth of services over the next two days.

The event helps many access care they couldn't normally afford, some receiving treatment that costs upwards of a thousand dollars.

A majority of the people that received tickets this year live in the Roanoke area.

Many local dentists and volunteers will be at the event today. Others traveled from across the state to help. Students from Virginia Commonwealth University use the event to gain real world experience every year as well.

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