My experiences witnessing the barriers to dental care motivated me to become involved with the organization Smile Train. I have fundraised for treatment for children with clefts and provided literacy to the community about cleft conditions. My involvement with this organization not only fulfilled me deeply, but also gave me a background in oral and maxillofacial terminology while also improving my communication and teamwork skills. This experience will inevitably prepare me for a career as a dentist and help me reduce health-care disparities.
I love Smile Train! It gives me the opportunity to help children escape lives of despair, sadness and deprivation. The money is well spent; I'm always delighted to pictures of the children who have received their successful surgeries. I know they now have the chance to live a normal live and live up to their potential. I'll continue contributing to Smile Train as long as I can.
Several years ago, my father asked us (his adult children) to make a donation to Smile Train in lieu of Fathers Day and birthday gifts. My sister and I gladly honored his request. It has been wonderful to see how multiple small contributions can add up to a big difference in the life of a child needing surgery. Before choosing Smile Train, my dad researched various organizations based on the integrity of leadership and the percentage of donations used to achieve their missions. Smile Train exceeded his criteria. I recommend it as a worthwhile charity and would encourage others to consider it when making contributions.
Smile Train is my favorite charity. With other charities, my money goes into a big pool and it's hard to see the impact. With Smile Train, each $250 goes to repair a child's cleft palate. It gives them a face to see in the mirror, a face to see in pictures...a face to show the world. For the price of one months cable TV bill, I can literally change a child's life forever. It doesn't get any better than that. Thank you Smile Train!
We have the easy part. And it makes us feel good.
The volunteering of time away from family by the doctors and staff is nothing short of remarkable.
Thank you for providing the outlet for us to help from afar.
For several years I have donated to Smile Train, because of its major impact on children's lives and the possibilities it opens up for their future and their family's well being in many countries. Every year there is a list published in major newspapers of non-profits that use the majority of collected donations on their specified goals and only a small percentage on management, and Smile Train always makes the cut of being a worthy recipient of donated funds with minimal office expenditures and maximum help given to make beautiful smiles.
I may not be wealthy, but when I donate I make sure it is during a double/triple match, or even a five times the donation match, so my money goes farther to help more children. Smile Train is near and dear to my heart and worthy of even dime it collects.
I have always donated to Smile Train and I will continue to do so. Cleft lip and palate surgery is such an easy fix but can have an even greater impact on a child's life if it is not fixed. Smile Train really cares about children all over the world and I wouldn't recommend any other charity over smile train
Every year my favorite Christmas gift is my family's donation to Smile Train on my behalf. I love the idea of one more child in the world with a glowing smile. What better gift could I ask for?
I have been an ardent supporter over the years of Smile Train. My personal goal is to sponsor 100 kids for cleft surgery during my lifetime.
Based on what I have seen, and the regular feedback I receive from them, I am a firm believer that these folks are delivering results.
As one person I cant change the world, but I can change the world for one person, by simply giving them a smile. Among all the things that I may have done in my lifetime, this is one that gives me a great deal of satisfaction, with the knowledge that I made a difference.