A national campaign that helps correct the smiles of children with facial deformities has made its way to Watertown.
Local photographer Penny Heath, owner of Heath Photography, will be holding photography sessions throughout the day at the Salmon Run Mall on Saturday, April 14th in support of Operation Smile.
With a $24 donation Heath Photography will take a black and white individual portrait. Anyone who donates will receive free 5x7” print as well as an added bonus of a $75 gift certificate to an in studio session at Heath Photography.
It takes $240 to assist one child with reconstructive surgery to fix their facial deformity, meaning it only take 10 people to help enhance the quality of life for one child.
“It really was a perfect fit for us. My favorite really is children and babies. I’ve always believed in charities and helping out and I just think that this is a wonderful cause. Just to be able to fix these young adults,” said Heath.
Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is a worldwide children’s medical charity dedicated to helping children and young adults born with facial deformities. In as little as 45 minutes, one cleft lip surgery can change a child’s life forever.
Every three minutes a child somewhere in the world is born with a facial deformity. One in ten will not survive to see their first birthday. Each year, more than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity in Operation Smile’s 26 partner countries.
Heath Photography is well known in the North Country for their passion for children and family portraits. Heath says that while at a Professional Photographers of America conference in New Orleans, she learned of Operation Smile and what she could do to help.
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