Today is the perfect day to focus on what we are thankful for. When people practice generosity, we are always thankful and grateful. When people practice RADICAL generosity, however, it takes you back. It takes your breath away. It can even make you cry.
Most of you who know and love our LFP are familiar with Dr. Ken Cirka of Philadelphia Dentistry. Radical generosity isn’t just a “sometimes” thing for him; it’s a way of life. Dr. Ken’s radical generosity is the reason our Little Free Fridge exists on the porch at House of Prayer Lutheran Church. It’s the reason that countless turkeys and hams were able to be donated by individuals this holiday season; the reason that thousands of gallons of milk have been able to be distributed, the reason that good, perishable food has been able to make it’s way to those in need in our community. And that is just one example of the times he has been radically generous with us.
We have recently been working with Aliquippa School District on an initiative to help our elementary school students struggling with the transition to virtual learning. Our committee came up with some ideas that would require funds that we don’t have. I remembered a donation that Dr. Ken made to our LFP a few months ago for signage (that we hadn’t used yet), and wondered if he would perhaps allow us to use that money for this new initiative.
I know how important education is to Dr. Ken – just this past Fall he made a large donation to a group working to fund computers for Ambridge School District children who were facing virtual learning with no computers. His donation resulted in providing dozens of children the opportunity to successfully continue their education. So I was hopeful and confident that he would be on board with the new use of this already-donated money.
His response stopped me dead in my tracks. Not only was he on board and excited about the initiative, but he made an ADDITIONAL donation to support it – FOUR TIMES THE AMOUNT OF THE DONATION I WAS ASKING ABOUT! His words were: “Keep pushing forward as we all have the responsibility to make this world a better place. You guys are rocking it! Thank you for all that you do!”
Dr. Ken, we cannot thank you enough for believing in us and our community! We will continue to strive to make our world a better place, and use your model of radical generosity as an inspiration to do so!! Folks, take a moment to reflect on the good around us. There is much. Happy Thanksgiving!!
The Little Free Pantry is a free pantry addressing food insecurity available for anyone, at any time. They are promoting neighbors helping neighbors and encouraging others to take what you need and give what you can! “We are all in this together! Let’s all lift each other up during these challenging times. I’m so happy for Denise Drabeck and Little Free Pantry and all you do for the community. Glad you give many of us a way to give back!” – Dr. Cirka😃
Our team recently participated in Adoption From The Heart’s week of workouts event, which raised money for the expecting and birth parent support fund. This fund has helped so many in times of need. AFTH partnered with fitness influencers to offer the community over 10 virtual workout classes to keep our bodies moving while supporting birth parents. Our Philadelphia Dentistry team joined in for Yoga and Zumba! We had so much fun during the workouts and felt good supporting a great event.
Philadelphia Dentistry recently leveled up the #SwabSquad with some pizza! 🍕S/O to our pizza getting 10 seconds of fame on @theellenshow for this group shot! We are happy to help fellow healthcare workers during these times. @jeffersonhealth @tjuh_pool Keep up the good work! 😁
Dr. Cirka recently did a podcast episode with @dental.student.vibes They talked everything dental, team building, and so much more! Give it a listen and check out their page & podcast.😁 Listen and watch a ZOOM version of the podcast here.
“We’re all in this world together and if we are working together, we are much stronger than working as individuals.” Recently, Dr. Cirka assisted his hometown community by donating 37 computers so that the students could adjust to at-home learning! Check out the story and interview here: https://soundcloud.com/thesocialvoiceproject/gving-back-a-conversation-with-dr-ken-cirka
Yoga for the pups benefiting The Pennsylvania SPCA at WeWork in Northern Liberties put on by Franklin & Whitman with all the proceeds benefiting the SPCA.
Alex, Dr. Mastrota, Charlie, Dr. Cirka, Rachel & Jen at the DVLF TOY Charity Event to help amplify efforts to empower and advance the LGBTQ+ community through grant-making, scholarships, advocacy, community leadership development and education.
or contact us today for a free consultation with Dr. Cirka, Dr. Jeon, or Dr. Ridge in our Center City, Philadelphia office.