ANCHORAGE -

The Alaska Dental Society and Anchorage Rotary are organizing a massive dental clinic to provide free care to those who need it most.

Described as the “the largest humanitarian effort ever undertaken in Alaska,” the two-day Mission of Mercy clinic brings together more than 1,500 dental professional and community members. Among them are 238 dentists who are volunteering to provide free dental care for up to 2,000 underserved Alaskans.

The clinic offers care on a “first-come, first served” basis at the Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage, where the exhibit hall will be transformed into a 125-chair dental facility.

The clinic begins on Friday April 11 and runs through Saturday April 12.

The clinic required special dispensation to move forward, including a bill in the state legislature “clarifying” state law to allow medical professionals volunteering  their services to be covered under civil immunities laws. That bill was signed into law Tuesday.

Additional details can be found at the Mission of Mercy website.