Operation Smile hosts silent auction fundraiser

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Lake City Secondary metal work students have created two beautiful garden sculptures for the latest Williams Lake Operation Smile fundraiser.


The ornaments are on display at the Bank of Montreal for a silent auction that will also include a log bench donated by Pioneer Log Homes that will be finished by secondary students, and a wine rack donated by Bel Hume.


Hume says she found the wine rack on her travels and is asking friends to donate a bottle of homemade wine to go in the six holders in the wine rack, which also has a planter on top for which another friend is creating a plant arrangement.


Hume says the silent auction will continue on until about mid-summer.


Operation Smile works to bring back the smiles of children in developing countries who are born with cleft palate/cleft lip.


Hume is hoping the silent auction will raise enough money to provide needed surgery for several children. It costs about $240 for Operation Smile to perform one surgery.


Operation Smile whose global headquarters are in Virginia Beach, Virginia,  mobilizes a network of more than 5,400 medical volunteers from more than 80 countries who donate their time and talents to the cause.


Since 1982 Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults.


Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft, according to the organization’s website. A child with a cleft has twice the odds of dying before their first birthday. Children with cleft conditions may have difficulty eating, breast-feeding, speaking, hearing or breathing property.

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