In 2009 the Spontaneous Smiley Project partnered with the medical charity Operation Smile. Each time a Smiley is uploaded to the Smiley Gallery, a $1 donation is made to help fund free surgeries for children with cleft lips and palates. To date Spontaneous Smiley has funded 25 surgeries, one Smiley photo at a time.
How does the Spontaneous Smiley Project keep the $1 a Smiley pledge alive? With the help of our Smiley community! Ruth, the Smiley Lady, posted that she’d cover the donations until the first surgery was earned but would need others to step up to keep it going. Much to her delight they did! From dental offices, to Smiley contributors, to an entire Elementary school hosting a Smile-a-Thon, the pledge lives on. Your donations, of any amount, help the Spontaneous Smiley Project continue to help kids like these!