Create a smile this winter

2016-06-28 06:00

In a partnership with a petrol company, the Smile Foundation is on a mission to create some warmth for children this Winter – and there’s a reward for caring customers.

Sasol is calling on members of the public to donate blankets to its nationwide blanket drive with a customer reward of free coffee.

The blanket contributions will be distributed to children undergoing facial surgeries as part of the Smile Foundation’s national surgical programme.

The foundation is an NGO that holistically assists children with surgically treatable facial conditions. It not only helps facilitate free corrective facial reconstructive surgeries, but also ensures these young beneficiaries receive the right care before and after the operation.

“Corrective facial reconstructive surgery offers new hope for these children and their families. But it’s imperative the children receive the right care before and after their operations,” explains Hedley Lewis, executive director of the Smile Foundation.

Lewis adds that the Smile Foundation would be grateful for any blankets the public could spare, including new blankets.

“Due to our multidisciplinary approach to these paediatric surgeries, we support the children right through their recovery. As part of this, we take into consideration the opportunity for infections, and will be supplying the Smile patients with any new blankets that are donated,” he says.

Older blankets that have been donated will be distributed to others in need, like homeless and animal shelters.

Blankets can be dropped off at Sasol Delight stores nationwide until Wednesday 6 July.

The public can also challenge family and friends via Twitter using the handle @SasolSA and hashtag #Blankets4Coffee.

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