This year we will have several different ways you can donate to Operation Smile! We have a jar where you can donate any amount you choose and get the same amount back in crop cash! We also have cards you can purchase with a $2 donation to Operation Smile. You can round up your cash and carry sheet or any orders at the crop and donate that change to Operation Smile. We will also have a 50/50 drawing and a beautiful spa basket that you can purchase tickets for!
All of those things are exciting and fun, but the heart of the issue is serious. And Operation Smile is an organization dedicated to SAVING the lives of children all over the world! I'd like you to meet one of them. Her name is Maria.
Though the first 5 years of Maria's life were filled with hardship and pain, she now has a reason to smile and a bright future ahead of her!
A BROKEN FAMILY... A NEW SMILE, A NEW LIFE FOR MARIA
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 neighborhood. 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.”
Maria now looks forward to school and works very hard.
Would you like to be a part of this mission to reclaim, recapture, TRANSFORM a child's life? Please join me in supporting Operation Smile!
If you will not be at my Stonewall Resort Crop this weekend, you can still support Operation Smile. On my website you will find a special stamp set Close To My Heart has created.
When you purchase this C-size You’re the Bomb stamp set at full retail price anytime from now through March 2015, Close To My Heart will donate $3* of the proceeds to Operation Smile.
Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has performed over 220,000 surgical procedures to correct facial deformities in children. It only takes an hour for volunteer medical teams to perform these life-altering surgeries that will give children confidence for a lifetime.
Click here to add this special stamp set to your shopping cart. And THANK YOU for joining with me to transform lives like Maria's!