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!