A sign for Summit Dental Health and Books for Charley sits in front of stacks of books

Summit Dental Health Collects Over 400 Books for ‘Books for Charley’

Summit Dental Health locations collected over 400 books that will be donated to the

Omaha Children’s Hospital and to St. Luke’s Hospital Pediatric Unit in Sioux City!

During the month of May, Summit Dental Health locations in Omaha, Sioux City and

South Sioux City collected new children’s books in honor of the 6th Annual Books for

Charley initiative through the Charley’s Heart Foundation. Over 11,000 books have

been donated to children’s hospitals and pediatric units since Books for Charley began

in 2011.

Books for Charley

Books for Charley is an annual book drive in memory of Charlotte (Charley) Ritchie,

daughter of Matt and Kristen Ritchie of Gretna, Nebraska. Charley was born with a

congenital heart defect. After numerous hospital stays, procedures and open heart

surgeries, Charley passed away on May 31, 2011, just two weeks after celebrating her

first birthday.

After losing Charley, her family knew that they needed to do something to help keep her

memory alive and to stay involved with other families with children with congenital heart

defects. “Charley's Heart was formed in an attempt to help provide support to others in

the heart community, fund continued research for congenital heart defects, raise

awareness, and above all, to celebrate Charley’s life,” says Kristen Ritchie, Charley’s

mom.

Summit Dental Health staff

About Summit Dental Health

Summit Dental Health is proud to serve the Omaha and Sioux City metro areas and proud to be active participants in our communities. Throughout the year we not only want to make sure that all of your dental needs are taken care of, but we want to make the communities we live and work in better. Collecting books through Books for Charley is just one of many community initiatives our team members and patients are proud to support.

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