Today, I'm going to tell you a little bit about Operation Smile. I think most of us have heard about this organization - they provide reconstructive surgery to children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. What I didn't know is that over 200,000 children each year are born with a severe cleft problem, and it's more than a simple cosmetic problem. Many children born with this aren't able to eat, communicate or smile. And too often, the parents aren't able to pay for the surgeries. Which is where Operation Smile comes in. Since 1982, they've been providing these life changing surgeries for those who can't provide it for themselves. Operation Smile has a presence in over 50 countries, and they provide hope for a better future for thousands of kids each year.
Operation Smile makes it easy to give. By visiting their website, HERE, you can peruse several different ways to help. You can look through their giving catalog and choose to buy supplies for an operating room, post-op kits for the kids, comfort gifts for after surgery, or donate enough money to pay for an entire surgery, just to name a few. You could also set up your own website where you publicize Operation Smile, and collect donations. They give you all the tools to do this. You can also donate your time in a variety of ways.
By helping Operation Smile, you're helping to give a brighter future to children whose lives would otherwise be pretty bleak. If you're interested, check them out, and find a way that you can give. Because really, is there anything better than the smile of a child?