Operation Smile spreads smiles through Chiriqui, Panama in April 2010!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far! The toys will mean so much to the children.
Things I'm still especially looking for:
Nail Polish

Donations so far:
Pens that will be wonderful to have around the hospital and for children to do puzzles with.
A bunch of miscellaneous toys that the kids will have a blast with.
Journals for the older children to write in.
Stickers! Fun for everyone.
Little games to keep the patients and families occupied.
Balls for the kids to throw around.
Lots of decks of cards! Great for the older kids to stay busy.
Colorful paper and stencils.

Play jewelry to give the kids and some nicer jewelry for the nurses as thank yous.
Cars for the boys!
Loads of toothbrushes to teach oral hygiene! (Special thank you to Dr. Levine!)
TONS of activity books for kids of all ages.
Mardi Gras beads.
Markers (I am especially excited to show the kids the scented ones, I think they'll love them!)
Hair accessories for the girls and nurses.
Stuffed animals, barbies, and Playmobile!

25 DAYS!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Here's What It's About:

So this morning I was going through all the donations I have received for my trip to Panama this spring, and I realized how much I wanted to share with everyone how generous people have been with donations. I was inspired by the wonderful Lisa Adachi's blog for her trip to Amman, Jordan. I really enjoyed reading it to follow her trip so I decided to start a blog to share about my trip to Chiriqui, Panama on April 17th, 2010.

Here is a little background about my trip:
At Operation Smile Mission Training on January 18th, 2010 I was assigned to go on a trip with Operation Smile to David Chiriqui, Panama with Shannon Robb, my mission partner.
On the trip, we will be a student educators and provide pre and post operation comfort to patients and their families. As student educators will teach oral rehydration therapy, dental hygiene. burn care, and nutrition.
And finally, I am so excited to meet my student sponsor, Pamela Frost!

Something that's unique about my mission is that I already know how many patients there will be! There are going to be a total of 152 patients who will receive surgeries from all over Panama. Here is the break down of where the patients will be from: Cocle: 6, Colon: 6, Chiriqui: 47, Herrera: 5, Los Santos: 1, Panama: 49, Veraguas: 38.

Here is what it looks like in Chiriqui:

Holy cow, I leave in 27 days! I have so much to do!