The local Girl Scouts are looking for residents to help them with their latest project, Operation Smile Day.
Residents with sewing skills are asked to volunteer their time from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Chillicothe Public Library to help needy children facing surgery.
The local Girl Scout troops will make cloth dolls for Operation Smile. Material, thread, and pillow stuffing are all needed as a donation.
The material colors can be all skin tones from peach to brown.
If residents have a portable sewing machine, they are asked to bring it. Snacks will be provided.
With the help of dedicated medical volunteers, the international charity Operation Smile provides patient evaluations and free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.
Operation Smile brings hope for a better future to young people in more than 60 countries worldwide, from South America and Europe to the Middle and Far East.
“The Smile Dolls that we make will be used by Child Life Therapists to ease patients’ fear and tell them about the procedure they will have,” says Amy Mann, leader of Brownie Troop 4790.
The patients get to keep their dolls to comfort them in the hospital.
“We have two troops committed to making dolls on Operation Smile Day, and I hope we have lots of individual volunteers as well. It’s a wonderful program, and we are very excited about helping,” said Mann.
Residents willing to volunteer must RSVP by calling 265-2770 or 274-2719.