The Apple Project received a grant and a project opening time Monday.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Apple Project got a big boost Monday as The Rotary Club of Jacksonville gave a $25,000 grant to build of a free dental clinic in Jacksonville.

On top of that, the Project Manager for the clinic build, Matthew Garmen of Haskell, announced Monday that the clinic should be open by Thanksgiving.

For months now, First Coast News has been sharing the stories of people who can't afford a dentist and the groups that stepped up to raise money to help. The Weaver Foundation offered a $100,000 challenge grant and the community met that challenge.

Demolition of the old building is well underway on the property located on Timuquana Road. The next step is to move the current, tiny clinic into temporary portable buildings. Garmen said the official groundbreaking should be early this summer.

The clinic is for adults and for children. Right now, the tiny clinic run by Community Health Outreach is overloaded with hundreds on the waiting list.

If you want to donate funds or labor/supplies, email Jeannie Blaylock at jblaylock@firstcoastnews.com.

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