Yesterday afternoon, I was at the mall doing my usual thing every weekend. Decided to get some snack at the food court. I sat there for a few minutes eating fries when I noticed three ladies in a small peculiar booth. I recalled that I passed by this booth before ignoring them. I am not really a crowd goer nor friendly towards strangers. I am a wallflower as you recall. So these kinds of instances in public places is quite a scare for me.
However, yesterday, I was looking at the booth and what they do in it. I noticed they wave at people with a smile and invite them to visit the booth. I saw the name under Operation Smile and had photos of cleft palate. I figured initially that it may be an organization supporting children with cases like these. I’ve seen lots of organizations mentioning such cause both online and television. It took me a moment to convince myself to take a look. Being the curious cat in me, I went towards the booth and let one of them discuss with me what is this about. As I suspected, it was indeed an organization supporting children with cleft lip and cleft palate. It was a bit of a surprise to me to know that these kinds of inborn situation can be quite fatal for babies.
I admit I am skeptical of people asking donations or alms, especially those in the streets. Somehow, for some reason, I felt compelled to share something. I am at a stage that I only have so little left in my pocket and my bank account is also crying (LOL). But I never felt too hesitant to give at least the smallest amount possible. I also felt responsible to share this cause here. To be honest, this could be the very first organization that I have given support on. As I said, I have always been skeptical.
I don’t feel that I was conned nor I was a victim of any swindling scam. It made me wanna do more for this, but sadly I am not that rich to provide anything more financially. So hopefully this mini blog can give a difference. I think it’s not a matter of how big or small of the help you can provide. It’s a matter of you give what you can wholeheartedly.
To know more about this organization and how you can help unfortunate children born with cleft palate, see the details below.
It doesn’t hurt to give someone a genuine smile.