Today is #GivingTuesday ! Take an #unselfie explaining why you give, what you give, what you give for or whatever & post in on twitter, Instagram, Facebook, everywhere! And, in the spirit of giving, download the free app #donateaphoto by #jnj & give to operation smile! Its super easy & doesn’t cost a penny, you just upload a picture & $1 is donated! Happy giving Tuesday 😊 #operationsmile #changeforever

Hey friends! So many of you already know, but I have the amazing opportunity to go on a medical mission to Kolkata, India with Operation Smile! As a student volunteer my number one responsibility is to educate patients & their families about basic health care necessities. In addition, I’ll be able to play with the kids to keep them occupied while they wait for their surgeries & while they’re recovering. I need to fill up an entire suitcase with items for the patients & their families. I can’t do it alone, I need YOUR help! I’ll be setting these boxes around school where you can drop off items, or you can bring them to me or ask me to pick them up from you! A lot of these families have very little, so the smallest donations will mean the world to them. The items I’m collecting include: toothbrushes, bars of soap, bubbles, stickers, pipe cleaners, balloons, or any small toys you can give! Any extra items will be donated to Operation Smile. Anything you can give will be greatly, greatly appreciated. If you have ANY questions about Operation Smile, my mission, or other ways you can help please do not hesitate to ask me! Thank you so much for your time & generosity! :)

This is my way too adorable mission partner & me sitting with all of the things we brought for the kids. I cannot express how thankful I am for all of these donations! I have had the most incredible support system- whether it’s been with collecting goods, making get well soon cards, making posters to use for teaching, or giving me the sweetest & most sincere encouragements, just know that your support has meant the world to me & it will mean even more to the kids here in. We’ve been traveling for the past 24 hours, but tomorrow we start screening! #operationsmile #changeforever #werewaytoocute 😊

#islc2013 night one- We did this activity where you made a pledge on how you were going to #changeforever, tied the string around your wrist, and threw it to someone who would then do the same, and it’d just keep going. We were all already connected because of our love for this wonderful organization (#OperationSmile) but we were now literally connected. The whole point was to show how one tiny, individual pledge creates a huge #chainreaction. There were a lot of really great pledges & I hope I can keep mine, to spread positivity to every person I come in contact with. Luckily, we got to keep the yarn to remind ourselves. Even though it’s only been a day, this is already an incredible experience. 😊

The Operation Smile annual #SmileGala! Last night, @SanukFootwear was honored with the 2012 Corporate Humanitarian Award for its six figure donation (400+ surgeries) as well the life-changing volunteer mission we took to help fix cleft complications in Lima, Peru. Simply amazing. Congrats everyone! @sayheyjk @alekparker @mattmeola @torreymeister - #sanukopsmile #smilepassiton #changeforever (Taken with Instagram)