Did you know that every 3 minutes a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate? I certainly didn't! In fact, in the US, cleft conditions are one of the top four birth defects! TOP 4! Here it's not such a big deal because they are quickly corrected.
However, in many countries of the world, it isn't so easy. Families can't afford the surgery for their children. Cleft lips and palates make speaking and eating quite difficult. These children, beautiful as they are, are often shunned because of how they look! I find this unbelievably sad. Such little things can make such a huge impact.
And that's why Operation Smile is so awesome! Operation Smile is a medical charity that offers free, that's right-- FREE, cleft operation surgery to thousands of children around the world. Because of Operation Smile, those children have a chance to smile brighter.
For all those students out there, Campus Book Rentals is a awesome rental site that donates a portion of each transaction to Operation Smile. Check out their site or read here. I rented a textbook from them last semester and it was SO easy. They shipped my book to me quickly and when it was due, all I had to do was print out the label they sent me to get free shipping!
Please go check out Operation Smile... and remember to be thankful for the beautiful smiles you see every day!