Everything Operation Smile does — the surgeries, the post-operative care, the speech therapy — depends on donations and volunteers. And if we’re going to save as many lives as possible, it is important to raise awareness and funds. It is never to late to get involved whether you donate your time or money. Every little thing can make a difference and is greatly appreciated.
Every child deserves a gift on Christmas, and sometimes Santa needs a little help spreading Christmas cheer. Spirit Of Sharing (SOS) is a nonprofit organization which works to collect donations year round in person, by mail, and online, including automobile donations and other assets, to help our active duty military families throughout SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA each year during the holiday season.
Each year SOS shows our service members that we care by providing Holiday assistance to those most deserving, yet the most in need of assistance, help and support — our local military community. Help bring the magic of Christmas into the households of our military families’ lives here in Southern California. One small gift can make a world of difference in a child’s life. 🎁
I love the spirit of Halloween and the energy that comes with it! It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween… Autumn-crisp and bright. Be safe and have a happy Halloween!
A smile is a smile in every language.
I have been on a few volunteer missions with Operations Smile and am currently finalizing the details for another one I shall go on this summer. Working with Operation Smile is a completely life altering experience and an organization I am truly passionate about and grateful to be a part of.
Each and every one of us has the ability to bring hope and give smiles.
Bernard Lee Shaw is my father. He was a good soul and always kind to everybody. Anyone who ever had the honor of meeting him loved him – He was the kindest, truest most thoughtful, sincere and genuine man that I (and those who met him) have ever known. The smile that would come upon his face every time he saw my mom, sister and me made us feel so cherished and adored. He taught my sister, Gillian, and me all of life’s important lessons and was our close friend and hero. Dad taught us what we needed to learn in life by setting an example through his own life. His goodness cannot and need not be expressed by words. The memories of my father are great… He loved making jokes and having a laugh. And, he was a talented guitarist – he would always play, sing and write songs for me and Gillian. He was extremely intelligent and spent every moment that he could with us. The relationship my sister and I have had with our dad has influenced every aspect of our lives… Describing my father should be easy… But finding the words in a time of loss and sadness is far from simple.
I am my father’s daughter, daddy’s little girl… I will love, cherish and remember him always.
Bernard Lee Shaw
September 3, 1945 – December 17, 2013