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In October 2003, the founder of To Give A Smile was involved in a near fatal hit-and-run car accident. Over the next few years he was in and out of hospitals, endured multiple surgeries and countless doctor visits. His journey brought moments of discouragement and hard lessons learned regarding life and what is important. His determination and amazing attitude inspired and up lifted many others along the way.
Through his struggle he received words of encouragement, community support, and countless cards that inspired him to continue to keep fighting. The support he received left him ever thankful and appreciative of the power of healing through the gestures of the human heart.
His life changed on the evening of the accident but it was for a greater purpose.
It was laid upon his heart to bring hope and encouragement to children & their families and in 2005 he founded To Give A Smile.
In 2006 TGAS launched it’s original website where visitors could sign up to volunteer, view photos from past events and donate. To Give A Smile’s first outreach project took place at the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, Tennessee in 2007 where they hosted a dinner reception for patients and their families.
2009 was a big year for To Give A Smiles. The organization received it’s 501© (3) federal non-profit status and completed it’s first international medical mission trip to Peru. While in Peru the TGAS team set up a free, two-day clinic in the village of Viru. A total of 155 children and adults were treated by the doctors and nurses. The team witnessed to the patients and over 40 people came to know Jesus Christ. Each evening the team also provided a bible school for the children and crusades for the adults. The organization completed several similar trips to Peru over the following years.
To Give A Smile is based in Dallas, Texas but, also has a team in Dayton, Ohio. In 2010 the organization collected and delivered toys to over 100 children at Dayton Children’s hospital in Dayton, Ohio. To Give A Smile has collected and delivered toys to children in both Dayton and Dallas every year since 2010.
Teams in both locations are continuously planning future mission trips and working with children’s hospitals and other organizations to provide hope to children and their families.
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