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Operation Smile

The Secret To Living Is Giving

Marisa Leigh | Posted 02.12.2017 | Women
Marisa Leigh

Over the last 10 years of fighting my way to the top, or really just to a place where I could breathe slowly again, I somehow became all self-consumin...

Matt Nathanson To Be Honored with Universal Smile Award in San Francisco by Operation Smile

Lisa Lori | Posted 11.04.2016 | Entertainment
Lisa Lori

When Matt Nathanson, whose songs include the platinum selling 'Come On Get Higher', wanted to create a music video for his new single Headphones featuring LOLO in 2014, he decided to create a different kind of video than he had previously released.

Selma Blair Honored By Operation Smile Dressed in Bright Yellow Gown

Julie Spira | Posted 10.07.2016 | Style
Julie Spira

The stars were shining brightly at the Operation Smile Gala held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where Selma Blair received the Universal Smile Award.

Stars Autograph Ornaments for #celebritiesforsmiles

Lisa Lori | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Lori

As the mother of three children who were born with a rare medical condition called facial paralysis, as well as other physical challenges, I know first hand the importance of a smile in a child's life and the life of their family.

11-Year-Old Runs A Marathon On Every Continent, Raises $40,000 For Kids In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact

Nikolas Toocheck became the youngest person to complete marathons on every continent Saturday when he conquered one in the Caucasus Mountains and cros...

Michael Franti to be Honored With Universal Smile Award

Lisa Lori | Posted 11.09.2014 | Good News
Lisa Lori

Some people just give good vibes. Musician and philanthropist Michael Franti and his partner Sara Agah, are two such people, and they give it in spades.

This Teen Got 4-Lb. Facial Tumor Removed Thanks To Businessman Who 'Couldn't Give Up On Her'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact

When Larry O’Reilly returned to Haiti in 2012, he was excited to see the school girl he'd taken under his wing. But O'Reilly was shocked at the sigh...

What Charities Are Saying Instead of "Get out Your Wallet"

Philip Webb | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Philip Webb

One million people just got the same tweet: "Watch a Movie. Change the World." @NelsonMandela is on to something.

The Gift Of Love In The Form Of A Smile

Scarlett Steer | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Scarlett Steer

The moment when a mother sees her newborn baby for the first time is a joyous, special occasion. However, sometimes there are instances when that special moment is followed by uncertainty and pain. As a volunteer for Operation Smile, I have experienced the joy and the heartbreak that comes with this type of work.

Video Proves We Are Just Hardwired To Be Nice To One Another

Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact

We may stand a little straighter, and have slightly less hair than our ape relatives, but when it comes to how we treat one another, we shouldn’t be...


Lisa Lori | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Lori

On a medical mission for Operation Smile in Panama. Photo by Marc Ascher The first time I felt the velocity of an emotional trigger it came so fast ...

When Giving is Second Nature

Lisa Lori | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Lisa Lori

Yesterday, I returned from a medical mission with Operation Smile in Panama. The culmination of three and a half years of supporting Operation Smile, I hoped this first trip would help me with my own ongoing challenges as a mother of children with disabilities.

The Intimacy of Strangers

Lisa Lori | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Lisa Lori

We are tired. A long, bumpy flight yesterday and a short but early morning flight today. We are on the first day of our first mission with Operation Smile in David, Panama and the day has gone much as I had envisioned it would be.

Little Girl Sees Herself For The First Time After Cleft Lip Surgery

Posted 04.15.2013 | Good News

Grab those tissues: A heart-squeezing video of a doe-eyed little girl from Brazil has reminded us just how timeless and priceless the gift of a smile ...

Opening Hearts and Minds

Lisa Lori | Posted 02.02.2013 | Impact
Lisa Lori

As I stood on the stage with my family, I couldn't help but think about how far we had come in 12 years. From that first moment that the doctors had told us something was seriously wrong with my son Zack to receiving the Open Hearts honor, we had been through a gauntlet of experiences.

Mompreneurs: The Story Of The Spontaneous Smiley Movement

Sandy Abrams | Posted 05.16.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

As a mompreneur, Ruth Kaiser has been in the trenches, learning by doing, running her business while running a home. She's one of those people who can't just sit still when they feel they were meant to do something.

7 Nonprofits To Watch On Pinterest

Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact

By now, most nonprofits have likely been bombarded with suggestions to hop on the Pinterest craze. So what's it all about, and which organizations can...

7 Ways To Sport A Socially Conscious Summer Look

Posted 07.17.2011 | Impact

Is it summer yet? In our anticipation of rising temperatures, this time of year often prompts in us the urge to splurge on sandals, slather on sunscre...

Operation Smile: 'In 45 Minutes You Can Transform A Child's Life'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Operation Smile has worked to heal children's smiles and transform lives around the world since 1982. This year, they have big expansion plans, so th...

Molly Sims Stands 'United Against Malaria'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity's work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, we speak with model and actress Molly Sims about her involvement w...

Smile Pinki: The Other Indian Oscar Winner

The Independent | Andrew Buncombe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When Brijmohan and Ruchi Gupta's baby was born, the young couple were nothing less than stunned. Their joy over the arrival of their first-born, Dimpy...

Plastic Surgery For Dummies

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

Plastic surgery has legitimate uses. Nobody is denying the great good that organizations like Operation Smile do. But somehow I think fixing actual ...