Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives.
Did you know that every three minutes a child is born with a cleft? — often unable to eat, speak, socialise or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected.
And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life!
Here is one of many touching stories :
Abandoned by both her parents, Maria Eulália Cabralda Costa faced incomprehensible pain during her first five years of life in Brazil.
She was born with a cleft lip that scarred her beautiful features. Her parents separated when she was just a baby, and her father chose two of her siblings to live with him. Her mother chose two others. Neither of them wanted Maria, a beautiful little girl with huge eyes that reflect her emotions.
When Maria’s parents left her, the city’s Child Protection Council called her grandmother, who chose to raise her small granddaughter.
As Maria grew older, she begged her grandmother to allow her to skip school. Her classmates taunted and tormented her, yelling, “You are crippled. Stay away from me.” Maria was too embarrassed to even play with children in her neighbourhood. If she ventured from her home, she covered her mouth with her hands.
Maria’s grandmother was determined to find help for her granddaughter. She first approached the mayor of her city, who was also a doctor. Eventually, a government official directed her to Operation Smile.
When she arrived at the medical mission in Fortaleza, 5-year-old Maria immediately captured the hearts of all the medical volunteers. After her surgery, she was bursting with laughter and smiles.
“I’m so very happy,” said her grandmother. “She plays, runs, talks. She is completely different. Everything has changed for the best. She is not ashamed anymore. Now, she is always looking at herself in the mirror. She always says that she is beautiful, that she is gorgeous. It was everything we have ever wanted.”
Here is how you can help and benefit from it as well...,
CampusBookRentals.com is a company that rents textbooks, saving you money in college and they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented!
So if you know someone in college or have a kid in college you can save money and make a difference in someones life at the same time!
Here are some more perks :
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
...I mean,how great is that?!!!