Operation Smiles is a non-profit organization focused on providing health care and medical attention for children in underdeveloped countries around the world who suffer from cleft lip and palates. For most of us in the United States (U.S.), this surgery is inexpensive and widely available. But in many of the places where we work, simple but essential medical supplies like gauze are hard to come by, leaving children to suffer — and even die — from cleft conditions that would be treated right away here in the U.S.
At Washington-Lee, Operation Smiles Club’s purpose is to provide funds for these surgeries and donate the proper materials, equipment, and toys to help lift the spirits for the children going through this tough time. They’re holding a fundraising event from March 12 -23rd. This fundraising event will work to collect items for “Smile Bags”.
We are asking each GP Class to help us raise items for the “Smile Bags”. After cleft palate surgery, each child will receive a Smile Bag, the perfect gift to cheer up a healing child. Smile Bags are filled with small personal care items as well as toys, stickers and a mirror to see their new smile. Operation Smile Club members will come around dropping off bags and tally sheets, collecting them on March 23rd. The following items needed for the “Smile Bags” are:
- Small shampoo (.85 to 1.4 oz size, screw-on top only)
- Child-sized toothbrush (single package)
- Small comb
- New washcloth
- Bar of soap (small hotel size)
- Travel-sized toothpaste (at least 6 months from expiration date)
- Small stuffed animal (Beanie Baby® size)
- 8-pack box of non-toxic crayons
- Thin 8.5” x 11” coloring book
- Small square mirror (approximate size 3”x 3”)