The beauty of a smile warms our hearts and is contagious enough to cause others to smile without even thinking about it. For some the beauty of a smile means they will receive proper nutrition, have a loving home and get an education. Those born with a cleft palate don’t always get these same privileges.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research cleft lip and cleft palate are among the most common birth defects.
Life Outreach International is the organization responsible for Christmas Smiles, a program providing corrective surgeries for children in developing countries born with a cleft palate through charitable donations. A donation of $500 can provide corrective surgery for a single child; ensuring they get the opportunity to eat and breathe properly.
Life Outreach states on their website that children born with a cleft palate face health risks, “Without the corrective surgery, many children remain sickly and malnourished because they cannot take in food and chew correctly. To make matters worse, parents and families in countries like China will often abandon these little ones because of their facial disfigurements and health issues.”
Delta Kits is proud to partner with Christmas Smiles this Holiday Season to provide the necessary funds for several cleft palate surgeries. “Each year we get the privilege of sharing our blessings through additional donations,” says Brent Deines, president of Delta Kits. “I’m excited to be able to partner with Life Outreach through Christmas Smiles this year. None of this would be possible without the loyalty of our customers. We simply cannot thank them enough.”
So next time you see someone smile let it warm your heart, brighten your day, spread across your face in response and share it with another. You never know, this might be their first opportunity to return a smile!
To find out more about the Christmas Smiles Project or to help contribute to a surgery, visit the LIFE Outreach International website at lifetoday.org.
Merry Christmas from the bottom of our hearts here at Delta Kits!