Providing a Brighter Future with Operation Smile

Sunday, September 29, 2013

 

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

Being a teacher and now a mom of almost two little sweeties, charities that help children really pull at my heart.  I am blessed with a perfectly healthy little boy and hopefully a soon to be healthy baby girl.  Unfortunately, not all families experience this same kind of situation.

Did you know that every minute, a child is born with a cleft condition?
When I learned this, it made me realize even more how lucky I am to have a healthy little boy napping away in his room right now.

But as I kept reading about Operation Smile's amazing organization, this fact really tugged at my heart:
One of every ten of those children die before their first birthday and many of those children that do survive will never speak, eat, socialize or even smile.  Sadly, many of these families can't afford to provide their children with the surgeries needed to ensure a productive life.

Honestly, people living in the United States are extremely fortunate to have doctors and hospitals that are trained and educated to help our children and babies born with severe medical conditions.  Most of the time the surgeries provided for our families are routine and many times covered completely by insurance.
 However, other countries don't have these same opportunities for their children that we are offered.

Thankfully, there are people that are willing to help these children -- let me introduce to you the international charity developed to help children called Operation Smile.
Operation Smile is a volunteer based charity that offers free cleft surgeries to children.  For over thirty years, this charity has provided over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born all over the world with facial deformities.  Operation Smile, along with the help of their medical volunteers will also train local doctors in developing countries as well as strengthen their healthcare systems to help ensure that children can be treated when born with these conditions.

So this amazing organization provides help for these children as well as offers training to doctors in the countries so they can provide medical opportunities for children born with facial deformities and cleft lips.  Operation Smile is one of the most well known children charities AND supports sixty different countries to ensure a better future in these children's lives.

How awesome is that!

Well my friends -- ever heard of CampusBookRentals.com?
This textbook rental company has partnered with Operation Smile and is supporting this organization by donating over 1,000 cleft lip surgeries this year.  With every text book that is rented, CampusBookRentals.com will donate to Operation Smile.

College friends -- be sure to also check out their RentBack program!  With this program you are given the opportunity to rent your own textbooks back to students and earn up to four times more than you would selling your books back at the end of the semester.
$$ Do you see the dollar signs? $$

So spread the word to your college friends and family because why not rent your textbooks, be able to make money selling them back and help a good cause all at the same time!

For more information on Operation Smile, visit their website.

Check out CampusBookRentals.com to learn more about renting textbooks as well as their efforts to support Operation Smile.

1 comment:

  1. Operation Smile is a wonderful program - definitely worth supporting.

    I like that a company targeting college students is supporting and promoting the organization. Philanthropy is a great thing for people of all ages.

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