For as little as $240 you can help give a child a new smile and quite possibly the first teddy bear of their very own. Purchase the gift of a surgery on Operation Smile's new Facebook Giving Catalog or make a $240 online donation, and we will send a teddy bear on an Operation Smile medical mission to be hand-delivered to a child receiving surgery. To help remind you of your wonderful gift, you also will receive one of the commemorative bears for you to keep or share with someone special.
The story behind "The Three Little Bears" starts when two childhood friends decided to create special "Zachary," "Luke" or "Griffin" Teddy Bears and partner with Operation Smile for this holiday season. The bears are named after Lisa Lori's three sons, all who were born with facial paralysis. After enduring years of surgeries to give her own children their smiles, Lisa Lori partnered with her friend Kathy Van Zeeland to design the commemorative bears so they could bring comfort to children worldwide who are suffering from facial deformities. The two friends hope the bears will inspire people to give a smile and to emphasize just how vital these surgeries are to a child’s life.
These plush bears were made exclusively for Operation Smile and can only be received with the gift of a surgery.