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Do-Gooders: Sharing Smiles

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BY MARY VALLO BERGEN.COM
You never know when inspiration might strike. For 16-year-old Paige Alenick of Woodcliff Lake, the light bulb went off one evening about eight months ago, as she was brushing her teeth just before bed. She happened to marvel at the ingenious simplicity of a toothbrush and appreciate what a neat tool it is in getting an important hygienic job done.

"I was thinking about how fortunate I was to have a very simple tool, and I knew a lot of kids weren't as lucky as I am to have access to this," she explains.

Teenager founds own charity and donates over 21,500 toothbrushes

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WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., USA: A young woman from New Jersey has collected thousands of toothbrushes through the online dental charity she founded a year ago. Through "Donate A Toothbrush" she aims to raise awareness regarding poor oral hygiene in Third World countries. The toothbrushes are shipped to countries such as Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Costa Rica.

Stories From Main Street: NJ Teen Brings Thousands Of Toothbrushes To Third World Countries

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WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The tooth fairy is real and she lives in New Jersey. Paige Alenick, 16, of Woodcliff Lake, is on a mission to bring toothbrushes to third world countries. “There are so many little things that we take for granted,” Paige told WCBS 880′s Sean Adams. “Toothbrushes are basically the one main tool that’s needed to help prevent thousands of dental diseases.” Paige gathers toothbrushes on the website DonateAToothbrush.com and then passes along the goods to Dr. Ron Lamb with World Dental Relief.