Alaskans line up for free dental care in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans have been lining up for a two-day clinic offering free dental care in Anchorage.

The effort called the Alaska Mission of Mercy was set to begin Friday morning.

The Anchorage Daily News (http://is.gd/lhSNYr) says 59-year-old ZhanCai Hanna Lee of Anchorage was the first in line Thursday morning outside the downtown Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.

People who lined up behind her included residents of Anchorage, Ketchikan, Fairbanks and Tok.

A local couple, dentists Julie Robinson and David Nielsen, organized the effort with the help of volunteers. The goal is to provide free services for as many as 2,000 people who cannot afford dental care.

More than 240 volunteer dentists are set to participate. They will clean, fill and pull teeth, and do root canals and X-rays, among other services.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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