The "Sponsor a Smile" program from A Smile for Kids (ASK) is a charitable initiative that aims to help children with severe orthodontic needs whose families cannot afford the necessary treatment. The cost of sponsoring a full orthodontic treatment through ASK is $3,000, which can be paid in full or in installments over 24 months ($125 per month).
Some work teams have found it a valuable team building project where each person only contributes a minimal amount every month, but the overall impact on a child's life is HUGE!
If both the sponsor and the family of the child in the ASK program are okay with it, we encourage both parties to communicate with each other so the sponsor gets a good idea of the development and the positive changes that are happening in the child's life.
Becoming a sponsor for a child in the program has various benefits, both for the child and the sponsor. These benefits include:
Improving a child's self-esteem: By sponsoring a child's orthodontic treatment, you can help them feel more confident and less self-conscious about their appearance. This can lead to improved self-esteem, social skills, and overall well-being.
Health benefits: Orthodontic treatment can improve the child's overall oral health by correcting issues such as misaligned teeth, overbites, underbites, and more. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean and maintain, reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
Better quality of life: Addressing severe orthodontic issues can improve a child's quality of life, making it easier for them to eat, speak, and function comfortably. This can lead to improved overall health and well-being.
Educational and career opportunities: A healthy smile can have a significant impact on a child's educational and career opportunities. Children with improved self-esteem and confidence are more likely to pursue and excel in their education and future careers.
Strengthening communities: By supporting children in need, you contribute to the overall well-being of the community. A confident and healthy individual is more likely to be a productive and responsible citizen, contributing positively to society.
Personal satisfaction: Sponsoring a child's orthodontic treatment can be a rewarding experience, knowing that you have made a significant difference in someone's life. It can provide a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction.
Connection and relationship building: Becoming a sponsor enables you to form a connection with the child you are supporting. You can follow their progress and celebrate their achievements, creating a lasting bond between you and the child.
Encouraging others: By sharing your sponsorship experience, you can inspire others to become sponsors and contribute to the well-being of more children in need.
In summary, by becoming a "Sponsor a Smile" for a child with severe orthodontic needs in the A Smile for Kids program, you can make a lasting positive impact on a child's life, contribute to their health and well-being, and experience personal satisfaction and fulfillment.
Contact Michael Emery @ 541-497-0020 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. She will walk you through how the the "Sponsor a Smile" program works, whether you are part of a group or an individual who is considering a sponsorship.