Operation Smile Brings Hope to Children of the World

Operation Smile Brings Hope to Children of the World

Oct 31
Operation Smile Brings Hope to Children of the World
Operation Smile

Renuka smiles before her surgery.
IMG: via Operation Smile

Did you know that every three minutes, somewhere in the world a child is born with a cleft? Harrowing statistics show that one in ten of those children will die before their first birthday, and studies explain that the children who do survive are often unable to speak, eat, socialize, or even smile. In many of these cases, parents or guardians are unable to afford the medical costs needed to save that child’s life.

Operation Smile is an organization that works tirelessly to improve and save the lives of children born with facial deformities. Aptly named, Operation Smile has been helping families with medical costs and bringing smiles to the faces of children all around the world since 1982. An “international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles,” the organization is the single largest volunteer-based medical charity there is. Quite literally, dedicated medical volunteers create smiles and change the lives of children who are at risk of further health problems, social shaming, and even death because of their cleft lip or palate.

Operation Smile is one of the most prominent charities for the world’s children, and works in more than 60 countries to heal children’s smiles and spread hope. Because of their massive efforts, many other notable philanthropic groups support the medical charity, which is what has allowed Operation Smile to be so successful. “Smile Ambassadors,” private donors, and many corporate ambassadors whose generosity is instrumental in providing care for children, support the organization.

Recently, Operation Smile announced that sales company Cydcor would be launching an event called “Day of Smiles,” a benefit to support the organization. Cydcor, a longtime corporate ambassador for Operation Smile reportedly raised $60,000 during the event for the charity, which is part of its ultimate $400,000 goal. Other notable corporate ambassadors and sponsors include the Cardinal Health Foundation, Hasbro, Johnson & Johnson, Xango, and many, many others.

For more information on how Operation Smile has changed the lives of countless children, visit the organization’s official website.

 

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