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To Give A Smile was founded to bring hope and care to children facing medical related needs. The organization works directly with hospitals and Ronald McDonald Homes to provide uplifting and encouraging outreaches designed to bring a smile to the life of a child.
Each year the organization hosts multiple fun-filled domestic outreaches that are geared to taking a child’s mind off of their day to day medical struggles. Some of our domestic outreaches include:
Activity Outreaches are a fun way for our volunteers to interact directly with children and their families. We currently work with hospitals and Ronald McDonald Homes in Texas, Tennessee, Ohio and Minnesota where we provide a craft, show a movie or just spend time with the children playing games and getting to know them. We also host themed dinner nights at Ronald McDonald Homes, which gives parents one less thing to have to worry about as they care for their child.
Each year we partner with local businesses, corporations and churches to collect thousands of toy donations and brand-new stuffed animals for children in area hospitals. In most cases our volunteers are able to deliver the toys and stuffed animals that we collect and take them directly into the hospitals through room to room visits or atrium activities.
Our care package outreach is another way we show children that we care about them. Our care packages are reusable bags that typically include things like water bottles, activity books, toys and personal hygiene products. Each care package is customized for the location it will be delivered to.
Each year the To Give A Smile medical mission trip teams are on the ground helping to facilitate medical clinics in locations where there is little to no access to medical care. Patients attending our clinics receive immunizations, well child exams and health screenings. We also conduct health education classes in each of our locations.
Since the launch of the organization, no family has been asked to provide any monetary amounts for the medical care we provide to them. Locations in which we have conducted clinics include: Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Peru and the Philippines.
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