Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This will make you Smile!


 Today, I'm writing this post to give you a reason to be happy. A reason to smile. This is a story of futures being changed for the better. A story of the good side of humanity, those helping the less fortunate.
I'm writing today about, Operation Smile.
 Operation Smile, is a charity helping change lives one smile at a time. By helping ease the pain of cleft lip and cleft palet. They are an amazing organization that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it. In as few as 45 minutes, a surgery can change a child’s life forever.

What is a cleft lip and cleft palate?
 A cleft is an opening in the lip, the roof of the mouth or the soft tissue in the
back of the mouth. A cleft lip may be accompanied by an opening in the
bones of the upper jaw and/or the upper gum. A cleft palate occurs when the
two sides of a palate do not join together, resulting in an opening in the roof
of the mouth. A cleft lip and palate can occur on one side or both sides. A
child can suffer from a cleft lip, a cleft palate or both.

One of the Booper's baby smiles. Yes, his hair was dark when he was born!

 Being a mom to the Booper, I can't even begin to imagine the heartache of a mother watching her baby unable to drink or eat properly, and struggling due to cleft palate. We had a lot of struggles with breast feeding, but I can't imagine the anguish of not being able to get my child the nutrition they need for survival. I've cried a lot writing this post. Reading stories of parents anxiously awaiting the news of whether or not their precious little one would receive this life changing surgery. The thought of it breaks my heart. At the same time, I've smiled so much writing this post looking at all the before and after shots of these children. Their lives changed forever by the caring people who donate, volunteer, and work so hard to make Operation Smile possible! There are so many people who give to make this all happen, some of those donations come from CampusBookRentals.com for every time you rent textbooks from them. If you are in need of college textbooks, keep Campusbookrental.com in mind, they along with so many others who work so hard to make Operation Smile something worth smiling about! 
   Operation Smile: A Smile is A Universal Right!

Don't just sit there!
 Donate or learn about more ways to get involved visit: http://www.operationsmile.org/ today!

19 comments:

  1. I love Operation Smile~!~!~ I think what they do is nothing less then a Miracle!

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  2. Awe I love this. I never knew about operation smiles. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Wow! I'd never knew much about this issue or organization. Thanks for the information.

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  4. I think that it's so great when companies donate profits to help organizations like this. I'm so glad to have worked with a company that would do that.

    I also just truly can't imagine giving birth to a child and wondering if she'll be able to eat or function normally. It must be difficult. I am so glad that Operation Smile is there to help these families!

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  5. Well, you know me. After we sat and cried yesterday thinking of a family being turned away I just couldn't say no to donating. Went to their web site and saw the before and after pictures. I was not able to donate a lot but I know that there will be others like me who will give and together we can make a child have a beautiful smile!

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  6. Nice to hear of the goodness people bestow upon one another!

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  7. Love hearing about organizations that are making lives better! Thanks for sharing and helping raise awareness!!!

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  8. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. It`s nice to know that this organization is there to help.

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  10. Thanks for sharing this post! =)

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  11. It is sad to see the hardships of families of children with health problems. It is so nice to hear of the help people get from others who care and can give freely!
    kathyross75@yahoo.com

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  12. I've seen some of these before and after pictures and they are remarkable. Thank God for this wonderful organization.

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  13. Great organization. My son is going to college so I will be checking out Campusbookrental. Thank you

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  14. Thank you for sharing this post. We all appreciate it.
    2dogs5catscrew@att.net

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  15. Great information. My daughter has a friend who was born with a cleft lip (maybe more i'm not sure) and it's amazing what they can do to fix them!

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  16. Operation Smile is a great organization - I never realized that cleft palates were such a serious medical problem until I read their material.

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  17. Cleft lip/palate also causes a lot of social stigma and can scar kids for life psychologically, as well as physically.

    As for textbooks, renting is really expensive most of the time. It is a lot more economical to buy used (from a company such as Better World Books who donates to reading programs across the world).

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