Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Smiles are great investments: the more you collect, the better you feel- Invest in a smile!

Living in America, we are so blessed. Here we all still experience the same diseases that others experience in places all over the world.  In the United States, clefts occur in 1 in 700 births, making it one of the most common major birth defects. However, most clefts are repaired during early childhood in the United States. In other countries, reconstructive surgery can take place later in life due to a variety of reasons including lack of medical care, financial resources, etc. Higher rates of unrepaired clefts in older children may also be attributed to cultural differences. It's such an easy procedure for doctors to perform, but it's sad that many people can't afford it. 

$25 can supply an exam station at screening

$30 can provide special bottles for babies born with clefts 
$50 can provide IV kits during surgery
$60 can provide antibiotics for 20 children

$100 can ship Smile Bags filled with toys, mirror and more 
$240 can provide a life-changing surgery for a child 
Give a little...and change a lot, one smile at a time!

"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight"-Phyllis Diller

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