We are proud to announce our newest Charity Partner – Smile Network International! Smile Network International is a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides life-altering reconstructive surgeries and related healthcare services to impoverished children and adults in developing nations.
What kind of surgeries do they perform?
Smile Network has medical teams that do reconstructive surgeries for cleft lips and cleft palates.
Why are these surgeries so important?
These surgeries can be life saving procedures for the very young. If they cannot get nourishment, they often cannot survive.
It is also giving dignity to patients of all ages; that feeling of being accepted, of fitting in.
How much does it cost for a surgery?
How can you help?
For each Medical Monkey you purchase, and select Smile Network International as the Charity, they will receive $10! For every 50 Medical Monkeys we sell, we can give a child a smile 🙂
Smile Network International was founded by Kim Valentini. Kim left her 25 year corporate career, fueled with a passion for travel and the desire to pay it forward….Smile Network was born. Today Smile Network currently has over 20 surgical sites around the world!
We first learned of Smile Network International thru a Celebrity Lip Sync Event they held in 2014. Knowing a few of the participants we knew it was already going to be a fun event. Little did we know how hearing from Founder Kim Valentini would impact us. At the event my husband bought me a birthday gift, a gorgeous leather purse they had brought back from one of the mission trips. When we learned the purchase of my purse would cover half the cost of a child’s surgery…SOLD! To this day I think of the great work of Smile Network every day I use my purse, and it makes me smile.
If you would like to learn more about Smile Network International, or be directly involved with an event, adventure travel, or volunteering for a mission trip, check out your options on the Smile Network International website.
We are proud to announce our newest charity partner, the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation! Their mission is to promote a happy and healthy life for combat veterans, raising awareness about PTSD. The foundation is named for Brady Oberg, a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. After courageously serving overseas Brady suffered from PTSD, and had a very difficult time adjusting to the civilian world. In August of 2015 he took his own life.
It is sometimes hard to articulate just how deeply someone has touched your life, or someone you love. Our connection to the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation began in 2014. My Dad (a Korean War Veteran) was chosen to do an Honors Flight to Washington D.C. The program pairs up Veterans with a Guardian (or as I like to say, a Guardian Angel). Brady’s wife Katie was chosen as the Guardian for my Dad. Brady was also a Guardian that day, for another Veteran. What a cool thing for a young couple to do together! Not only to take a day off of work, and be the daylong companion for a Veteran, but they also had to pay for their own way.
After the trip my Dad could not stop talking about what a wonderful “young gal” Katie was! She took excellent care of him the entire day. Even after the trip Katie would send my Dad cards and letters, gifts for special occasions and call him. Dad beamed whenever he heard from Katie, and we loved the special connection they had made. I was very happy when I got to meet Katie and Brady at the post-flight dinner. Dad was right…they were a very nice couple, and we got along instantly.
My Dad’s health started to decline in the late Summer of 2015. A couple months later he received a long letter from his friend Katie, with the devastating news that Brady had taken his own life. We knew all too well what she was going thru, as one of my brothers had done the same a few years earlier.
I recently met up with Katie again, to check up on each other (my Dad passed away Nov ’15), share stories, and friendship.
It was a natural fit to add the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation as a charitable partner to Medical Monkeys. As noted on their website “PTSD haunts the lives of many of our veterans that have served our nation throughout history and their families. Help us continue his legacy by raising awareness.” Donations to the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundations help provide scholarships and grants for combat veterans wanting to start a career in counseling fellow veterans.
In our ongoing effort to bring more charity options to our customers, and to support non-profits that are doing great work, we are pleased to announce our newest partner, Simon Says Give!
“With a mission of Kids Celebrating Kids, SSG supports kids with Birthday Celebrations. In addition, in honor of Mandi’s August Birthday, they celebrate her by giving school readiness to as many kids as they can with the annual High Five For Supplies drive.” Simon Says Give
Simon Says Give was the brainchild of a child! In 2011, at the age of 7, Mandi Simon had the passion to raise money to help kids in-need, so her mom Dina jumped in and made it a reality.
To date they have given over 300 birthday parties to kids who probably would have had none. And this year alone with their High Five for Supplies they were able to give out over 10,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to kids who needed them!
Please join us in giving a warm Welcome to Simon Says Give! Remember, for each Medical Monkey listing you purchase, you can chose Simon Says Give and they will receive $10!