Crowds camp overnight in Denver-suburb for free dental care |

Crowds camp overnight in Denver-suburb for free dental care

Lynn Bartels
The Denver Post
September 11, 2009 -- Rows of patients undergoing restorations and/or cleanings in the treatment facility of the Colorado Mission of Mercy free dental clinic at the Adams County Fairgrounds Friday. John Sunderland, The Denver Post

BRIGHTON – The doors to a free dental clinic in Brighton opened at 5:00 this morning to a throng of anxious people.

The first person in line was Robin Kelley, 59, of Westminster, who got in line at 5 p.m.

“We only have one car,” she explained, “and my husband works at night, so he dropped me off.”

Like others in line, she had a blanket and camped out on the sidewalk. “The company was warm and great,” she said.

At 6:15 organizers ended the line at 808 people, because they felt that was the number of patients that could be seen today. Those who arrived later were turned away, and told that the clinic would also be open Saturday.

John Smits, 47, of Adams County, showed up after the tickets had already been handed out but just as someone standing in line discovered he had two tickets stuck together.

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