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Philanthropy

Operation Smile gratefully acknowledges the individual, corporate and foundation donors who cannot stand idly by when a child is in need. Rather, they take action and help to make a difference in children's lives. Their generosity makes Operation Smile programs possible and inspires each and every surgery our medical volunteers deliver around the world.

03 Mar 2015
The Invisalign Brand Celebrates Major Milestone with Treatment of 3 Millionth Patient

Align Technology has teamed up with Operation Smile to help children across the globe born with cleft lip and cleft palate. Beginning on March 3, 2015, Align Technology will donate $1 for every public share of a photo of a person’s smile on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #3millionsmiles – for a total donation of up to $1 million.

13 Feb 2015
Students Rock the Smile in Benefit Concert for Operation Smile

More than 300 students came out to support Operation Smile at our 2015 Rock the Smile benefit concert at the Wave Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

24 Apr 2015
2015 Grin Gala in Washington, D.C.

The Grin Gala is a fundraising event in Washington, D.C. that will celebrate and support the impactful work of Operation Smile.

14 Mar 2015
Park City 2015 Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge

Operation Smile's 4th Annual Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge presented by the Nerd Machine raises over $500,000.

Smile Splint

Community volunteers can help create comfortable splints to prevent children from bending their arms and touching their face. These simple arm bands help keep the surgical incision clean and promote healing of a child’s new smile. Smile Splint use tongue depressors to create the splint. Donations of boxes of tongue depressors are needed and can be sent along with the arm bands. 

 

Smile Dolls

Our Child Life Therapy areas are a unique feature of Operation Smile medical missions. Smile Dolls are used by Child Life therapists to help alleviate fear of the unknown while communicating about upcoming medical procedures. Community volunteers who make Smile Dolls are directly helping our medical volunteers assist children waiting for surgery around the world.

Quilts, Blankets and Afghans

Community volunteers can help craft blankets, sew quilts or knit/crochet afghans. This project is a wonderful way to provide warmth and comfort for our patients worldwide. 

Child Life Therapy Supplies

We are always in need of toys that have a wide appeal for a range of ages and abilities. We encourage the donation of toys that are novel, sustain interest and have inexhaustible imaginative potential or multi-sensory involvement. Operation Smile looks for donations of toys that work effectively to accomplish diversion, preparation, support, expression and meaningful interventions as part of our Child Life Therapy program. 

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