Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Operation Smile All Day Crop

****Date Change due to unexpected events outside of our control we will be hosting the Crop for Operation Smile on Saturday, March 17th from 9-9 - hope to see you there!*****

We are also hosting an on-line blogging effort called Share A Smile Project.  You can find more information about that here http://ejoym.blogspot.com/2012/02/share-smile.html

Who is Operation Smile?
Throughout the world, Operation Smile volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families. Together we create smiles, change lives, and heal humanity.

Operation Smile® fulfills its mission with five programs:
  • International Medical Missions: Operation Smile coordinates more than 30 medical mission sties in 25 countries annually. Last year, medical volunteers provided free surgeries for 9,221 children through international and local in-country medical missions.
  • Chapters and Foundations
  • U.S. Care Network
  • Education
  • Student Programs

You can find more information about Operation Smile at their website here and their blog here.  


Here are two more stories . . . 


Phnom Penh, Cambodia

By chance, Ming’s mother found an Operation Smile® flyer advertising the November 2007 mission in Cambodia. Ming and his grandmother traveled five hours in an overcrowded taxi from Odong Mein Chey province to the Khmer-Soviet Hospital in Phnom Penh to be considered for surgery. Before his operation, Ming didn’t want to go to school because the neighborhood children were scared of him and would not let him play with them. Now that his mouth and nose are corrected, Ming looks forward to school. With these amazing results, he is now a lively and confident kid.


Cam Ly
Four-year-old Cam Ly has a beautiful smile that shines with joy and hope. But it wasn’t always so.
She was born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate to poor farm laborers in Vietnam. Her parents loved her deeply, but they were distraught.
Cam Ly was their first child, and the only one in their village with such a deformity. They wanted a good life for her, but getting the surgery she needed seemed impossible. They would never be able to afford it.
Then, they heard about Operation Smile and took Cam Ly to our medical mission in Ho Chi Minh City. After surgery, Cam Ly’s face was transformed and her smile was healed. She now has a chance at a full and happy life.

So what does this have to do with you and with Broken Treasures?  Glad you asked! :)
A friend and I are hosting our second fundraising crop in Southern Lancaster County, PA on Saturday, February 4th from 9am until 9pm and all profit (ALL PROFIT) is being donated to Operation Smile!    

The cost of this event is $40 and includes table space, a new Close To My Heart Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book, three meals, snacks and drinks.  We will offer table space for digital scrapbooking as well and FREE classes on Studio J.  There will also be options for other card making classes for a small fee.  All profit and any donations will go to help change a child's view on life. 

As a Mama of three small children my heart breaks at the thought of a child hiding behind a doll because of the way they look!  Only $240 will give a child the confidence he or she needs with a life-changing operation.  Will you help give a child a smile?  How can you help?

  • Tell your friends and family about this event - spread the word via your blog, facebook page, twitter, etc.
  • Donate directly to Operation Smile HERE 
I know at Christmas time you are being bombarded with worthy causes that are requesting you give.  I am informing you of this event but it is not actually happening until February so there is time for you to budget some money to give (or maybe even some of your tax return?) to help a child in need.  Thank you for taking the time to read this!  Really!
Thank you!  

Elizabeth Mindemann alwaysdeeper@hotmail.com www.ejoym.blogspot.com

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