“Operation Smile believes that every child deserves exceptional surgical care and that all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own. The organization wants to ensure that every child knows no matter what life throws at them, they will always have hope,” Avi Weisfogel stated in a recent interview after he launched a GoFundMe campaign set up to benefit Operation Smile. His goal is $ 2,000.00. His passions and strong background led him to select Operation Smile as the beneficiary of the GoFundMe campaign.
Dr. Weisfogel, a native of New Jersey, and a fan of nice teeth has been offering cosmetic dentistry solutions and providing bright smiles to patients as a dentist in East Brunswick, NJ for over sixteen years. Dr. Avi Weisfogel established the Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient in 2012 and began lecturing dentists on how to increase and serve sleep patients. In 2014, he co-founded of Dental Sleep Matters, (DSM) for short. Dr. Weisfogel took on the role of instructor of DSM, to educate patients as well as healthcare providers how to focus in the world of sleep through the use of oral appliances to treat sleep disorders. Born and raised in Highland Park, NJ, Dr. Weisfogel practices dentistry in Old Bridge, NJ. He has strong ties to his community. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, with a BA in psychology and biology. He earned a DDS degree from the New York University College of Dentistry.
Each year, Operation Smile holds medical Missions around the world. This organization is an international charity which works with local providers which provide free surgical procedures for children. The goal of Operation Smile has been and will always be to identify the most effective solutions which will reach as many children as possible. Operation Smile has decades of operations under their belt. Their reach extends beyond the Philippines to more than eighty countries, providing care to thousands of children. Operation Smile is dedicated providing children hope for a healthy and bright tomorrow.
There are a lot of non-profits and other charities that catch our attention these days. The ones that involve suffering of innocent animals hits our conscience especially hard and we are called to action. This is the case for the Animal Rescue & Adoption Society (ARAS) in Denver, Colorado.
In downtown Denver, there are hundreds of lonely cats trying to survive on the streets. They die painful deaths of cruelty, starvation, disease, and overexposure to the elements. These pitiful creatures are often victims of abandonment and most of them have gone wild. Many of them once had owners who eventually decided that they could not afford to care for a pet or just did not care anymore. While the former owners go their merry ways, these poor animals are left to fend for themselves.
Fortunately, ARAS is there to reach out a hand of compassion. The charity is mostly staffed by caring volunteers who search the Denver area to rescue the homeless cats. More often than not, kind citizens rescue cats and bring them to the shelter. ARAS is a no-kill shelter and will not turn away a needy feline. The medical volunteers treat the cats for disease, fleas, and injuries and keep them in a warm, safe environment until they are adopted. ARAS runs a web site where people can view pictures of healthy cats who need adopted into a loving home.
The tireless work of ARAS does not come without a price. There is a lot of expenses involved the daily operations of an animal shelter. Funds are needed for medical supplies, food, and other things involved in keeping a cat. Its is good to know that there are people like Jon Urbana, who has started a CrowdRise fundraiser for the shelter.
Urbana is well known in the Denver community as a retired lacrosse player for the Villanova Wildcats. He founded a lacrosse camp for young people to teach them how to play the game while instilling good values, team building, and self-esteem. He has also been a primary sponsor to other charitable organizations in the area, including Earth Force. You can donate to Jon’s Earth Force fundraiser here.
As a bona fide lover of felines, Urbana said in a tweet that he launched the CrowdRise campaign to raise enough funds to keep the organization operating. There are a lot of much-needed shelters who specialize in dogs in the Denver area; however, very few focus on sheltering cats. And you won’t find many pilots like Jon Urbana who open their heart and wallet to a charity that is quite close to them.