In the Waiting Line

How many days do you wake up and feel that everything and everyone in the world is out to get you? How many times do you get into your car, stuck in traffic, and think that today is the worst day ever?

Every time you have a moment like that I want you to recall the pictures that I am about to show you.

The destitute, homeless, and low-income families of Southeast Texas got a helping hand from a two day project used to support the dental needs of the Beaumont/SE Texas community. See just a bit of what these people (some waiting upwards of a few hours over the course of two days) endured and what I was able to experience firsthand from the event.

I’ve only given a few glimpses into the Texas Mission of Mercy‘s cause in Beaumont, but know this: In the two days that the event ran, 659 clients were seen for a total of $438,831 worth of donated dental services. There were a few faces that had to be turned away (since the supplies and time was not unlimited), but so many that desperately needed the services did receive them. The young through the elderly of all races and beliefs came and all were treated compassionately and with respect.

To catch the full story (and to see what you can do to help out the TDA in their Texas Mission of Mercy), feel free to click the following links:

    Texas Dental Association SMILES Program

    Texas Mission of Mercy

The act of giving back (especially in my old hometown area) was both remarkable and uplifting. I would encourage anyone who feels down and out to take a moment to think about those who have so much LESS than what you do before committing themselves to feeling without. Perspective indeed changes everything.

My thanks to the TDA and TMOM for allowing me to be a part of this event (and for the ability to show what you do to the world), my mother who helped bring me on board to help document the event, and to the many faces who helped to provide services to those in need. Thanksgiving is around the corner, but thanks should be given for EVERY DAY granted us.

Hope you feel the same way. See you all next week!


About rufusp2k8

I'm a local freelance photographer taking in life and musing on how things are and what they could be all through my lens. I add light and sound to further the vision each Tuesday and Thursday. I can be found on Facebook: or e-mailed for work/events here: For other content by myself, check out:
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