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MLK Day of Service - morning

Put your sewing skills to work! We’re partnering with Operation Smile to make recovery kits for children who have just come out of cleft palate surgery.

After receiving life-saving reconstructive cleft surgery, each child receives a Smile Bag, the perfect gift to cheer up a healing child. Smile Bags are filled with small personal care items as well as toys, stickers and a mirror to see their new smile. We will be sewing the bags and collecting the items with your help.  

Rescheduled: Date TBD

Cost: $10 OR Smile bag item donation
Age: 6+ Parents Welcome to attend
Preregistration Suggested


DONATION ITEMS FOR SMILE BAGS:

(Please send only the items included in this list)

  • Small shampoo (.85 to 1.4 oz hotel/travel size, screw-on top preferred)

  • Small comb (no rat tailed combs, please)

  • Wash cloth, new & unused

  • Bar of soap (smaU hotel/travel size)

  • Travel-sized toothpaste (must be at least 6 months from expiration date}

  • Individually packaged Child-sized toothbrush

  • Small stuffed animal

  • 8 or 10 pack box of crayons

  • Thin 8.5" x 11" coloring book

Suggested value is at least $10.
You do not have to include everything listed here. 
You may provide multiples of a single item.

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ABOUT OPERATION SMILE

Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, traveled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children's cleft lips and cleft palates.

What they found was overwhelming. "People pushed their babies at us." recalls Kathy. "They tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children." In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children. 

They began soliciting donations of surgical equipment and supplies from manufacturers, threw themselves into grassroots fundraising and assembled a volunteer team of 18 doctors, nurses and technicians for their own medical mission to the Philippines.  They helped approximately 100 more patients, but again, hundreds still waited.

“At Operation Smile we believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care. We believe all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own.”

Earlier Event: December 21
Hand Stitched Ornaments