Our Season of Service

Inspired by some friends of our family, the Marshall family has decided to try a new way of exchanging Christmas gifts in 2012. We hope it will become a wonderful family tradition.
For years, the four Marshall children, their spouses, and their parents exchanged gifts every Christmas, but in 2011, we decided the gift-giving tradition may need a change since we are all so blessed and in need of truly nothing. We decided we needed to find a better way to celebrate the true Christmas spirit.

We suggested that we each perform acts of service in the name of the sibling whose name we were assigned at random. Our service will be kept a secret until Christmas Day.

Our friend drew the names for us and notified each of us privately of the person who should inspire our service. On Christmas Day, we reveal who we were given and how we chose to serve by posting our stories on The Marshall Family Season of Service blog.

We hope this tradition will help us focus on serving our communities and each other during the annual celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

We invite you to come back to our blog on Christmas morning to read this year's service.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

To Terry!

Dear Terry,
It has been a busy and eventful year.  I had the opportunity to provide lots of different service in the church and in the community.  I had planned on participating in the Winston-Salem Missions of Mercy clinic.  It is a clinic that provides free dental care to underserved populations.  It was scheduled for a weekend in November this year and I was unable to attend as I had planned.  Around that time Anthony began to have all of his medical events and hospital stays.  I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to provide a service for Anthony and his patients in your name.  Anthony has had to reschedule a number of patients to take care of his health.  Most Orthodontic patients are very flexible and willing to accommodate.  However, removing braces is one of those appointments that patients are excited to do and don’t want to wait any longer once the Orthodontist says they are ready.  It is also an appointment that takes more time and involvement from the Orthodontist so it is harder to reschedule and fit it in to already full January schedules.

I had Anthony’s staff offer my debonding services to nine patients so we could get their braces off before Christmas.  I went in on a Friday morning and was able to debond seven of them.  (One patient was in Mexico for a Quinceanera and the other had exams at school that they couldn’t get out of.)  The other seven patients and Dr. Basil were all extremely grateful for their new smiles and early Christmas presents that will last a lifetime.  (They will last a lifetime if they wear their retainers.)  It wasn’t exactly how I planned to serve, but I did get to use my dental license to help a fellow family member in need. 

Also, a few weeks earlier, I was able to help out another dentist friend who had broken his hand and needed help finding a locum tenams for 8 weeks while his hand healed.  I helped him by contacting 65 dentists that I know to see who could help.  It was through my help that he ended up finding someone to fill in for him.
Thank you for a great 2014!
Scott F. Tucker

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