Parlin dentist, Dr. Mariana Blagoev believes that many good deeds done each day are going unrewarded. “We all know that negativity will not improve a situation, but complimenting or rewarding a job well-done will actually prompt more of those good activities,” says Dr. Blagoev. She decided to run an essay contest, “Do A Good Deed,” open to any youth 18 years old and under, with the grand prize being a brand-new laptop.
The winner was Kevin Gay, 14, who attends South Amboy HS, and had helped victims of Hurricane Sandy when it struck. He spent 4 days unloading trailers with ice and water for people to come and pick up. At the end, he said, “I helped so many people and I felt good about myself. I like to help people and see the appreciation in their faces.”
According to Dr. Blagoev, “There is no greater joy for a parent than knowing that their children are on the right path. I am happy that we are able to inspire youths to focus on the spirit of helping and giving.”
The contest was one of the many events Dr. Blagoev has done for her community. In August, she held a free Emergency Dental Day, where she opened her office and treated the underserved in the community
at no cost.
Dr. Blagoev said that, “People helping people have been one of the prominent strengths of our country. I love to serve my community in more ways than just dentistry.”
Details of Dr. Blagoev’s other community event, including a Free Dental Day she held this year can be found at: http://brightsmilesdental.com/index.php/category/community/