Smile and the World Smiles With You

October 24, 2009 at 12:21 am 2 comments

The best way to lift your own spirits is by lifting someone else’s first. This ordinary concept can create extraordinary results. Just ask my daughter and her devoted friends and fellow Operation Smile club members who chose to spend a few hours on a Friday night at a local grocery store. As they set up a simple card table laden with hand designed posters, Operation Smile pamphlets, before and after photos, mission statements and an oversized coffee can converted into a donation canister, it was immediately apparent that they were “open for business!”

Donning their own beautiful smiles, these teenagers were transformed into adults, speaking passionately to customers and educating them about the many children in other countries who are unable to smile at all due to cleft palates, cleft lips and other facial deformities. “But imagine, with your donations, children can receive surgery and smile for the first time ever and lives can be changed,” was the explanation given to those interested listeners. As people were entering the store with grocery lists in hand or exiting with overflowing carts, they were drawn to the Operation Smile table to learn more.

Donations poured in and the givers were as generous in their words as they were in their donations. Children loved squeezing their parents money through the opening in the coffee canister. It made them feel good to give. Community members of all ages dug into their pockets to produce a token of their kindness and flashed their own smiles upon doing so. Even some of the employees shared their hard earned tips for the benefit of others. Everyone seemed to break out in a larger than life smile to match their heart. Giving will do that to you!

That evening as my daughter and her friends expressed their appreciation to the many contributers, it was the contributors themselves who thanked the club members for their time and commitment. Giving is born out of compassion and comes in many forms such as giving of one’s time, monetary contributions, spreading education and awareness and donations of services. On that one special evening, the first of many, enough money was raised to pay for the surgery of one child! That means one more smile will be added to the world and that child’s family will have a reason to smile again. Smile and the world smiles with you. Paying it forward is truly priceless. ¬†Changing lives, one smile at a time…


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wade Hooton  |  October 26, 2009 at 7:40 pm


    Love the blog and love the efforts your daughter and her friends to help children in need. May they continue to do great things!

    Wade Hooton
    Director of Student Programs–Operation Smile

    • 2. jaynebonilla  |  October 27, 2009 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you so much Wade! Perspiration leads to Inspiration! Thank you for your hard work too!

      My Best,

      Jayne Bonilla


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