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Gerrell and his mom, Patricia, found out a dental issue can be way too expensive to handle without insurance. They found help for free. Now the Apple Project is in full swing to build a free dental clinic to help thousands like Patricia, uninsured and low income.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Patricia Moore understands what it's like caring for a special needs child. Her son, Gerrell, is a loving guy, but he ran into a painful situation. And Patricia had no dental insurance.

She said she called four or five dental offices and could find absolutely no help she could afford.

Her son's tooth was split open and he was in great pain.

She finally found the Healing Hands Clinic on Timuquana Road. The volunteer dentists fixed her son's tooth for free.

Pain gone. No bill. She said she's relieved he's out of pain.

But more than 500 people are on the waiting list now at the tiny, nonprofit clinic.

That's why The Apple Project is trying to raise funds to build a free dental clinic for uninsured folks who qualify as low income.

If we can raise the funds, the new clinic will break ground in December this year. It would serve 6,000 patients right away and 20,000 down the road.

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