The Magic, Black Box

The A-dec unit– You might say… “huh?”

It’s a tool that’s made a HUGE difference for Great Shape! Inc.’s 1000 Smiles Project.

Each unit is a full set of portable dental equipment in one black suitcase. Thanks to a group of donors in 2012, Great Shape! Inc. put 15 units into action. In the past 10 years, the 1000 Smiles clinics have come a long way from PVC Pipe and Duct Tape. Basically, these units are able to provide necessary dental equipment you would find in a dental office to remote areas of the world where the luxury of dental offices do not exist.  “A full dental office in one box run by an air compressor,” raves one 1,000 Smiles volunteer.

All this in one donation; all this in one black box. We’d love to add more units to the fleet!

Great Shape! Inc.’s teams are so grateful for the donated units we’ve secured so far. Watch this video to see how one donation, one box, can make all the difference:

To donate more portable units, call (510) 893-1751 or email us (

We also ask that you send out prayers and good vibes to the A-DEC family. Joan (pronounced Jo Ann) Austin unexpectedly died in her sleep on June 5 at her home in Newberg, OR. She was 81. Austin is honored for many accomplishments, including holding the distinction as the first woman to chair the Board of Directors for Associated Oregon Industries, elected in 1992.  Read more about Joan’s incredible life and impact here:

“Thank you, Ms. Austin and family, for all your efforts in our global community. Your innovations have impacted thousands of lives, including our families in Jamaica.”

~ Joseph Wright, Great Shape! Inc. Executive Director

A special thanks to all the A-dec Donors from 2012:

Dr. Newton Gordon
Dr. & Mrs. William Chan
Ran Florence
Doug Sandmann
Jack Levine
CR Anderegg
Peter Auster
Henry Bennett
Harvey Arnce
Scarsdale Dental
Deborah Herrick
Mary Anne Baysac
Dr. Paul Hall
Michael Chan
Ron Guttu
Dr. Reginald Gowans
Dee & Andy Saller
Dr. Teresa Castner
Christine Lathuras
Debbie Herrick
John Boghoosian