Shell Oil and Swift Transport worked in harmony with the same goal of helping Operation Smile. In the morning of October 15, Shell Oil arrived with its first set of tractor-trailer rigs for their housewarming preset for Operation Smile. The big rigs were filled with décor and decommissioned executive office furniture. The housewarming present from Shell oil is for Operation Smile’s new global headquarters in Virginia Beach.
The truck convoy was warmly welcomed by supporters and volunteers together with the staff of Operation Smile. The warm welcoming with grateful posters happened at the building’s loading site off Rosemont Road.
Operation Smile is thankful for the furniture that would have cost them for saving more children. “It takes as little as $240,000 to take care of the life of a child…. We saved $200,000 for taking care of about over 840 children around the world globally for Operation Smile.”
The founder of Swift Transportation and a long term supporter of Operation Smile, Jerry Moyes has donated all the shipping services to get those four trucks packed full with furniture and décor with 5,000 miles cross-country. Creative, the Chesapeake-based workplace interiors and Technology Company also helped facilitate Operation Smile’s move from Norfolk to Virginia Beach last week.
“By joining forces, these corporations are helping us maximize our value to the community, environment and the children we serve,” said Operation Smile’s COO, Wayne Zinn. Operation Smile stands to save nearly $200,000 by utilizing donated pieces instead of purchasing new furniture.
“Thanks to the generous donations and commitment of these corporate partners, our organization will be able to deliver more smiles,” said Zinn.
Operation Smile Excerpts
“We mobilize a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe. We’re Operation Smile, and we hope you’ll join us”.
“Who We Are: International Charity”
“Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives. As an international charity for children, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on all of the faces we help. At Operation Smile, we’re more than a charity. More than an NGO. We’re a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities, such as cleft lip and cleft palate.”