Do you know that there are children who can't smile?
Now I know what you're thinking, "Isn't that a little depressing for a post with the title Smiles in It?". Don't worry it gets better, I promise!
Do you know that YOU can do something to change the lives of these children?
I have teamed up with my life-long friend Elizabeth at Broken Treasures.The two of us, 6 other bloggers and Ruth Kaiser of Spontaneous Smileys want to show you how you can help change the lives of these children and bring a Smile to your face too!
We have gotten together to help raise awareness and funds for the group Operation Smile. They are a Worldwide Children's Charity Organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. These are deformities that can make it hard for the children to eat and drink. They are also made fun of and don't like to leave their house even to go to school.
Now for the Super Spectacular Smiley part!
Do you see it? Do you see the Smiley? This was the first Smiley Pie Pie found and I later posted to the Spontaneous Smiley Gallery(for even more examples click on the link.) You notice how it says Pie Pie, my daughter actually found our first Smiley! There have been many more since then, once you start looking they are everywhere!
Now it's your turn to go out and find pictures of Spontaneous Smileys! I know I have a lot of friends and family who love to take pictures. When you find one, (and I know you will) take a picture and upload it to Spontaneous Smiley. Make sure you put "Elizabeth Sent Me" in the Who are you section. (We have a goal to raise a certain amount of money and want you to help us!)
When you have finished you just donated a dollar to Operation Smile! That wasn't so hard was it!
Are you up for the not-so-hard Challenge!?
If you are not a fan of taking pictures you can help by sponsoring a blogger who is finding smiles. It is just like a walk-a-thon. You would pledge a certain amount per smile I or another blogger would find. If you would like to do that you can contact me in a comment below or talk to me in person.
If you are up for an even bigger challenge you can get some sponsors of your own and raise money that way. You can find the sponsor sheets here.
You can also donate directly to Operation Smile Here.
Some of the bloggers involved are doing some Giveaways!
Prizes and Free Stuff!
Check out these blogs for the giveaways:
March 18-Broken Treasures
March 20th-Boo Boo Princesses (that's me!)
March 23rd-Broken Treasures
March 27th-Broken Treasures
March 31st-Spontaneous Smiley Book Giveaway
The March 31st giveaway is The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser, the founder of Spontaneous Smileys. If you would like to learn more about her check out her website or her Facebook page. If you don't win any of the cool prizes we are giving away or just want to add even more Smiles to you life check out the Spontaneous Smiley Store.
I want to thank my good friend Elizabeth at Broken Treasures for organizing this special project!
I also want to share the love with my fellow bloggers who have joined in on this Smiley Project!
This is definitely the linkiest post I have ever written, but it is worth it!
I want to issue a special challenge to my family and friends. I have about 130 friends on Facebook, so that means if you all find one Smiley and upload it we will have raised more than half of the amount for one of these surgeries. Our goal for this whole special project is to raise enough money for five surgeries by the end of March. I know we can do it!
On Your Mark,
Get out there and find some Smileys!