Tradition of helping community continues

For 22 years, Amelia dentist Neil Blackburn has been offering a Valentine gift to area residents in need. He opens his dental office to those who cannot afford to have urgent dental needs treated for a day of free emergency dental service and cleanings.

“I got started doing this 22 years ago when a dentist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, launched the program nationwide,” said Blackburn. “Somewhere the program got lost, but I just kept doing it.”

On Friday, Feb. 13 his office, located on East Main Street in Amelia, was filled with patients seeking his help for a variety of dental issues.