Donate A Smile: Students Fundraise to Help Children with Facial Deformities

Safura Tanveer, Local News Editor

         Help make a child smile through small donations. CHFHS Operation Smile Student Program club will be hosting Donate A Smile. This drive will help raise items for the children with facial abnormalities. All donations will be given to Operation Smile.

To make a contribution to this donation drive, visit the drop off boxes by Mrs.Cavanaugh-Rouse’s room, which is located between rooms 518 and 519. The items that are needed are: toothpaste, toothbrushes, crayons, markers, coloring books, pocket sized mirrors, and small teddy bears. These donations will be given to the children as goody bags after they have undergone the procedure.

Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. A real life example is when Operation Smile repaired a six years old girl cleft lip.

      “The cleft lip Fu Yun was born with made eating and speaking difficult. Other children laughed at her and made her cry.She wanted so badly to go to school and have friends. Instead, she hid herself away at home.Her parents were poor farmers with no money to repair her lip. So Fu Yun had nowhere to turn – until Operation Smile sent a medical mission team to nearby Lin Cang City.After getting a free medical exam, Fu Yan was chosen for surgery.Her father Yong Xing was delighted. His daughter’s new smile meant she could now go to school and have a normal, happy childhood. “I am very thankful and grateful,” said Yong Xing.