Share a SmileI LOVE smiles … and I have a new way to share smiles and truly make a difference at the same time! I missed Project Smile when it was discontinued, so I’m extra excited to tell you about the ShareASmile Project, a collaborative bloggers’ project to raise funds for Operation Smile!

You’ll see the importance of Operation Smile in this video:

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Through the ShareASmile Project, we’re having a Smile-A-Thon! We’re photographing smileys we see everywhere around us and uploading them to the Spontaneous Smiley website.  Spontaneous Smiley donates $1 to Operation Smile for every photo uploaded! 

Each surgery to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the world only costs $240 through Operation Smile. Our goal is to raise enough money for 5 surgeries. We want to raise $1200 for Operation Smile by the end of the month!

Helping Operation Smile is easier than you’d think – and lots of fun! Here’s what you can do:

1.  Look for spontaneous smileys, photograph them, and upload the photos to the Spontaneous Smiley website.  Include in the “who are you” section the words “Elizabeth Sent Me.”

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Here are some examples of Spontaneous Smileys:

Spontaneous Smileys

This was my first spontaneous smiley uploaded to the Spontaneous Smiley website:

Really Useful Box Smiley

Really Useful Box Smiley

I found my first spontaneous smiley while trying to organize my closet. I guess my closet is happy, too! :)

 2.  Sponsor one of our bloggers. As in a walk-a-thon, we’re collecting pledges of any amount per photo we collect and upload. You may contact me or comment below with a pledge amount if you’re interested in participating in this way.

3.  Print off sponsor sheets and collect your own pledges.

You could even try this with a local group (school project, art class, kids’ club, Scouts, etc.). You’ll find all the information you need to collect your own pledges here.

4.  Donate directly to Operation Smile here.

If you’re a blogger, it would be awesome if you’d like to join us in the ShareASmile Project! Please feel free to post the button on your blog and join us for the next 14 days of sharing spontaneous smileys!

In addition to the Smile-A-Thon, we’re raising awareness for Operation Smile and Spontaneous Smileys in several other ways, too!

There will be giveaways from now until the 31st! These giveaways are from ShareASmile Contributing Bloggers who are generously donating something related to their ShareASmile project.

Be sure to check out the ShareASmile giveaways. I’ll be sharing each of the giveaways at the Living Montessori Now family-friendly giveaway linky.

March 18th -Broken Treasures giveaway
March 20th – Boo Boo Princess giveaway
March 31st – Spontaneous Smiley Book Giveaway

The March 31 giveaway is The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser, the founder of Spontaneous Smiles. Learn more about Ruth at the Spontaneous Smiley website and Facebook. Check out the Spontaneous Smiley Shop, too!

Join us for a Twitter party on Monday, March 26th at 2:00pm EST with #shareasmile  Come prepared to share activities, crafts, food, etc. that are smile or spring related :)

The Participant List of ShareASmile Contributing Bloggers
Special thanks to Elizabeth from Broken Treasures for organizing the ShareASmile Project
and thanks to all the participants!
    Broken Treasures
Crafts~N~Things for Children
Play Dr. Mom
Jaihart
Boo Boo Princesses
Raising Figure Skaters
hands on : as we grow
Courts Craft Corner  

Before you leave, here’s something for you. It’s not a spontaneous smile, but it makes me smile anyway! :)

DChitwood_ASmile

“A Smile Can Brighten the Darkest Day” Word-Art Freebie

UPDATE: For smiley-inspired activities for kids, check out my post at Living Montessori Now: “Go on a Smile Hunt with Your Child.”

Linked with “Get Inspired” Monday and Thought-Provoking Thursday.

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