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SMILE OF A CHILD: Toys for Thousands Worldwide

Smile of a Child: www.smileofachild.org

By J. Grant Swank, Jr. & Dave Bohon, WDC News

Los Angeles --- It's Christmas. It's giving time. Boys and girls who never had a toy will get one this year.

You can help to get precious toys into the hands of needy children through "Smile of a Child," a project begun by Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)'s co-founder Jan Crouch.

"All year around our ongoing goal with Smile of a Child is to provide toys to thousands of hurting children in need around the world," Jan explained. "Already we've seen toys put into the hands of children in Samoa, Haiti, Nicaragua, Chile, Namibia, Fiji, Costa Rica, India, Tonga Kenya, China, South Africa, and many other places."

Smile of a Child volunteers join Jan and her husband, Paul Crouch, in distributing the gifts to youngsters. Jan recalls with emotion that on one trip to Haiti, she had the joy of giving a baby doll to a tiny girl who had always dreamed of having one of her own. "I'll never forget that moment," she said. "It really defines to me what Smile of a Child is all about."

Recalled Paul Crouch of that trip, "Oh, the smiles on those angel faces -- the joy in their eyes -- when they each received their toy, many of whom have never had a toy of their own before."

Paul also recalled their visit to an "abandoned babies" hospital in Haiti, when Jan held a precious child that was so weak from malnutrition and disease that the little one died in Jan's arms. "There are no words for that," he said.

Smile of a Child, which has taken more than 47,000 toys to needy children globally, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. The project not only distributes toys to needy kids, but also has contributed to other projects such as feeding children and building hospitals.

"Right now we are 75 percent complete on a $3,000,000 hospital in Haiti," Paul Crouch explained. "And we're finishing up a $200,000 hospital in Costa Rica."

Smile of a Child also funds reconstructive surgery for needy children. Recently, the ministry brought medical attention to a Kenyan girl whose face had been terribly mauled by a hyena.

In addition to these efforts, on Christmas Eve, December 24th, the new Smile of a Child Television Network will sign on and begin broadcasting quality Christian children's programming 24 hours a day. "This wonderful new network is really an extension of the vision God gave me for Smile of a Child," explained Jan –"to pour the love of God into the hearts and lives of children all over the world. Television is a perfect tool to do that."

Smile of a Child is ready to accept your donations of dolls and trucks at its California headquarters. You simply purchase the toys at one of your local retail outlets, pray God's richest blessing over the children who will receive your gifts, and then mail them to:

Smile of a Child

P.O. Box 10700

Santa Ana, CA 92711-0700

"We make sure a message of the love of Jesus is placed around each toy," said Jan, "and then we take them to needy children all over the world. Only eternity will reveal the impact this simple gesture of God's love will have on these who are so precious in His sight."

For more information on Smile of a Child, log on to www.smileofachild.org .


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