Whether it's for emergency care or making a cosmetic correction, the Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic in downtown Anchorage had people lined up hours in advance to take advantage of free dental care.
The effort called the Alaska Mission of Mercy was set to begin Friday morning.
The Anchorage Daily News says 59-year-old ZhanCai Hanna Lee of Anchorage was the first in line Thursday morning outside the downtown Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.
People who lined up behind her included residents of Anchorage, Ketchikan, Fairbanks and Tok.
A local couple, dentists Julie Robinson and David Nielsen, organized the effort with the help of volunteers. The goal is to provide free services for as many as 2,000 people who cannot afford dental care.
Despite lines that snaked around city blocks, the daily limit for patients is 1,000.
More than 240 volunteer dentists are set to participate. They will clean, fill and pull teeth, and do root canals and X-rays, among other services.