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February 7, 2011

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February 7, 2011

I work for a hotel company that has assisted Fresh Start Surgical Gifts with lodging for their families coming for Surgery Weekends since the end of 2008. In addition I have attended a couple of their fundraising events and have loved meeting their volunteers and their staff. Lupita and Mimi are truly dedicated to the Fresh Start mission and continually show that through their energy and positive outlook. Fresh Start makes a difference in children's lives that far surpasses any tangible measurement.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the children who have received surgeries become outgoing and alive!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have them do more surgery weekends.

July 6, 2010

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July 6, 2010

I began volunteering with Fresh Start after my daughter took an internship with the organization. I have enjoyed every event and project and feel deeply moved by the mission and services they provide to children with physical deformities. As an elementary school teacher I see first hand how dramatically a child's life can be transformed when the right help is provided. Fresh Start transforms the entire child, inside and out, and allows them the opportunity to grow into healthy, happy and productive members of society. Great work!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the results of this organization in the lives of the children they serve.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The transformation of the children, and the overwhelming support of the volunteers that make it happen.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 1, 2010

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July 1, 2010

Fresh Start came into my life through one of my close friends that began interning at the non profit. She asked me to volunteer at one of her events which was a Celebrity Golf tournament and dinner. Everything was well organized, the turnout was great, the people I met were pleasant to work with and they raised a lot of money for children with physical deformities to get free surgeries. It was then that I really realized what Fresh Start really did. My brother was born with a cleft lip and palate and went through several surgeries as a child and well into his teens. I have witnessed firsthand how much a surgery like that can make a difference in someone's life and how important this organization is to the children that receive these surgical gifts. After that, I volunteered at their grand opening of a surgery center at Rady's Childrens Hospital and was able to meet some of the doctors that volunteered their time along with some of the top supporters of the company... another great experience. They take great care of their volunteers and even have an annual volunteer appreciation dinner. Knowing this, you can just imagine how great they take care of their patients and what a giving company this is. Since, I've attended several other Fresh Start events along with volunteering at the Golf event for the second time in which they surpassed their goal in contributions. I will continue to volunteer and intend to even join the Event Committee so I can help to make even more of a difference and so that Fresh Start can make a difference in me.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering. I've volunteered for several events.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 23, 2010

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June 23, 2010

The reason I got started volunteering at Fresh Start Surgical Gifts was because of a school project. One of my College classes required us to do some volunteer time with an organization that they had contact with. At the beginning of the year we were given a big long list of places to choose from. I recognized one of the contact names on the list from the little league I used to work at. She ran the snack bar and just happend to be the volunteer coordinator for Fresh Start. I started working a couple weeks later in their offices, just helping out with mailings and file organization type stuff, which I have to admit was not that exciting. It wasn't until my first Surgery Weekend with the them that I got to see first hand why this organization is so special. I hand the rare oppurtunity, as a first time volunteer, to actually work in the OR. Even though my job was not glamorous in any way (I cleaned and sanitized the ORs after surgery) it meant I got to see the patients before and after their operations. I got to see the differences in each persons appearence from when they went in to when they came out and to know that everyone around me was doing this out of their own time was a great feeling.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the families and the way they are treated and react to being a part of the organization.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 16, 2010

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June 16, 2010

I discovered Fresh Start Surgical Gifts over a year ago when a lifelong friend of mine began working for this nonprofit organization. I was so impressed with their cause to provide free reconstructive surgery to disadvantaged children and wanted to be a part of this great gift that would alter a child's life forever. I began my volunteer experience by helping at a fundraising event at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. I was able to meet many of the doctors that volunteer their services and the wonderful Fresh Start staff. It was great meeting all these influential people and hearing their experiences. At this event, a video was shown that told the stories of many children and families that have been personally effected by Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Even though I knew of thier mission prior to watching this video, it was such an amazing and touching moment to see the pure joy and happiness in each person on the screen. If this organization did not exist, so many children on a national and international level would not be able to live the fulfilling lives that they deserve. Since Rady Children's Hospital, I have helped participate at the Butterfly Ball and the annual golf tournament/fundraiser. I will continue to volunteer to show my gratitude for what they are doing in our community and because I love being a part of something so amazing as to help change a child's life! Thank you Fresh Start Surgical Gifts for all you have done and what you will continue to do in the future!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the miracles it has provided to numerous children and their families.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 11, 2010

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June 11, 2010

I have volunteered at a number of organizations over the years and I can honestly say that my experience with Fresh Start Surgical Gifts has been, by far, the most gratifying. As a translator, I have the privilege of working directly with the families and getting to see the children as they undergo life altering transformations. The nurses and doctors that volunteer their time treat the families with kindess and respect. The Fresh Start staff is kind, professional and caring beyond belief. I walk away from every surgery weekend feeling thankful and proud to be a part of Fresh Start.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my interaction with the families.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, warm, wonderful people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many more children!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 10, 2010

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June 10, 2010

Fresh Start is the first non-profit I have volunteered for and it has inspired me to continue volunteering for great causes. The staff treats the volunteers very well and they always show how much they appreciate us being out there. I've had the opportunity to sit in on some of the presentations while helping with tech support and there is an overwhelming sense of community and togetherness with everyone involved in the organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the presentations for surgery weekends and have met a few of the patients and their families

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 10, 2010

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June 10, 2010

I began volunteering with Fresh Start Surgical approximately 3 years ago and have volunteered in various capacities when time permits. The most overwhelming sense of gratification and joy for me has been derived from the patients' stories of the surgeries that were performed on them and to see the photos and to actually hear some of the patients speak about their surgeries. These surgeries are more than surgeries for the patients; they are miracles, rendering the child presentable and whole with a brand new life ahead to look forward to. For them it has been a miracle; for myself, to witness the happiness in their faces and to know that the Fresh Start Surgical staff has changed their lives forever adds a dimension to my life that cannot be expressed in words. To be a part of that team in even the most minute way has enhanced my life, probably to the same degree, if not more, that it has the patients' lives. I appreciate this wonderful volunteer opportunity with Fresh Start Surgical, an outstanding, life-changing organization that works "miracles."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am overwhelmed with joy to see the patients' faces and learn of their stories. To see the "before" and "after" photos brings tears to my eyes. This is an important and beneficial organization that changes lives forever.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing!!!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the life-changing results for the patients.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

polite, courteous, helpful, and very easy to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Perform thousands of surgeries!!!

Ways to make it better...

Nothing to change.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope this organization goes on forever!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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