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Review for Operation Smile, Inc., Norfolk, VA, USA

Rating: 3 stars  

This is not, strictly speaking, a review of Operation Smile, but a call for current reviews from others who know more than I. I was not aware until recently of the rift between Smile Train and Operation Smile. When I heard that the two are merging, it seemed like a good idea, reconciling differences and focusing on the task at hand, until I read the article in the New York Times about it.

It appears that the CEO of the Smile Train is looking for money and power, and now is looking to annex Operation Smile.

I am a very small donor. I work as a volunteer, pro bono, for another group, and have little cash money to contribute. I want to be sure the money I can spare goes where I think it does, and the politics of this merger raises questions.

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I have had personal experience with the way social acceptability affects a person's chances to lead a decent, effective, happy life. I believe every child born deserves a chance to do so.

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It makes me sad to have to say it, but in the face of this merger, we need to look closely at both organizations to determine whether their agenda serves needy youngsters and their families, or greedy executives and their followers.

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