Abilene man takes initiative in funds to help with dental needs

Wanting to honor his father’s many years as a dentist in nearby San Angelo, Steve Collins decided to put his money where his own mouth is.

Specifically, to start a fund that will help Taylor County residents who need dental care but can’t afford it. 

Collins recalled that his dad, David Lamont Collins, who died in 1976, did dental work for inmates in Tom Green County and elsewhere.

He remembers his father getting calls at 3 a.m. to go help someone who might have an abscess or other problem.

“He was always willing to take care of those individuals throughout his practice,” he said Thursday.

After COVID-19, the city of Abilene had to make budget cuts, Collins said, and one of the programs cut locally was a dental program through the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District.

Another program that helped lower income people the via the Presbyterian Medical Care Mission had shuttered earlier.

The need prompted Collins to talk to Community Foundation of Abilene about seed money to help qualifying people get help with dental issues.

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