November 14, 2012
Director of Public Relations
This holiday season, Operation Smile is joining #GivingTuesday™ on Tuesday November 27, 2012 to help transform the giving season. Operation Smile is partnering with other charities, families, businesses and individuals who are coming together to launch #GivingTuesday™, the giving season’s opening day, to create ways to give more, give better and give smarter.
For children in developing countries who are born with a facial deformity, the greatest gift is the joy of a new smile – and a new life. Operation Smile’s Giving Catalog features holiday gifts that change the lives of children in need. Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft. One in 10 will die before their first birthday. With the generous volunteers and supporters, Operation Smile has provided more than 3.5 million healthcare evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children worldwide. Your gift this holiday season can help us reach even more children.
ONLINE HOLIDAY GIVING CATALOG: www.operationsmile.org/gifts
Operation Smile’s online Holiday Giving Catalog offers similar life-changing gifts starting at just $25. Stock an operating room, or provide essential medicine and supplies such as special feeding bottles and antibiotics. Additional gift items include IV starter kits, warm blankets, post-op care kits and pain medication, as well as the gift of a surgery in a specific area of the world such as Latin America, Asia or Africa. For gifts over $50, you also receive an eco-friendly shopping tote bag. Purchase a $240 surgery, and you’ll receive a beautiful silk scarf from India. With every purchase, you’ll receive a personalized card describing the gift given in the recipient’s name.
FACEBOOK GIVING CATALOG: www.operationsmile.org/fbcatalog
This year, supporters can holiday shop on their favorite social networking site with Operation Smile’s Facebook Giving Catalog – a collection of gifts that start as low as $10, including special baby bottles and speech therapy supplies. Create a wish list of items like the “prepare and operate” bundle, where friends can purchase bubble gum-scented anesthesia masks, hospital gowns, and operating room supplies in your honor. The catalog also offers “group giving, where friends can work together toward a shared goal to raise funds for a surgery to heal the smile of a child.
“ZACHARY, LUKE AND GRIFFIN” TEDDY BEARS: www.operationsmile.org/bears
Lisa Lori is a mother of three boys who were all born with facial paralysis. After each of her boys endured years of surgeries to receive their own smiles, she wanted to give back to other children in need. In honor of her sons, Lisa Lori helped to design a special teddy bear collection to comfort Operation Smile’s patients who are undergoing surgery. Those who donate $240 for a surgery will receive this exclusive bear from Operation Smile and another bear will be donated to an Operation Smile patient on a medical mission.
Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is an international children’s medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,000 medical volunteers from over 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 3.5 million healthcare evaluations and conducted over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities, as well as patients suffering from burns. To build long-term self-sufficiency in developing countries, Operation Smile trains doctors and local medical professionals in its partner countries so they are empowered to treat their own local communities, donates medical equipment and supplies, and provides year-round medical treatment through its worldwide Comprehensive Care Centers.