This month we are focused helping a child smile by raising money for the nonprofit, Operation Smile. A tidbit about me – my degree is in Speech Pathology and Audiology, plus I have worked with children for years (over 20). My background makes the Operation Smile mission near and dear to my heart.
Operation Smile is focused on providing surgeries for children who have clef lips and palates. It’s such an important surgery as it enables children to eat and breath properly as well as improving their ability to speak and smile. And to think, the cost is $240/child to do this surgery and it can be life saving for some of them. Can you imagine being the parent who is waiting to see if your child qualifies to have the surgery? To have walked miles, days, weeks to stand in line for days to see if your child is selected?
Close To My Heart (CTMH) offers several different ways to help out raise money for Operation Smile, all of which you get some love too! It’s a fantastic exchange.
First Way – Shirts – $10.00 is donated to Operation Smile for every shirt purchased:
Second Way – D1679 Animal Greetings Stamp Set – $7.00 is donated to Operation Smile with each stamp set purchased:
Third Way – Share the Love Stamp Set – $7.00 is donated to Operation Smile with each stamp set purchased.
Some other ways you can help out this mission – save your pennies and coins for me.
I have a “Pennies for Smiles” jar at every crop where I’m collecting change to support this. So far from the first 3 big crops of the year (2 from Harbor Scrapbooking and one from the Canaan Valley Crop) we have raised $225.51! Just a little bit shy of $240.00 for one operation! This is just from your change! We have a few more big crops to go and I hope we can exceed what we’ve done already!!
I, personally, would love to win the trip to go one on of the mission trip to be a volunteer. I know it will be heartbreaking to see the families and children who do not get chosen. It will be uplifting to be able to help with the process for those families who have been selected. To be able to experience things first hand. CTMH is going to send one consultant to participate in a mission trip. It is determined by the amount of money raised for Operation Smile. You can donate directly to Operation Smile. If you do this and feel so inclined, please put in your memo notes that you are participating the CTMH Share The Love drive and my name/consultant number (Linda Caler/11180) so your donation helps me to reach my goal of earning this mission trip. Read about Shandra Kight’s story:
Thank you for helping a child smile!