Operation Christmas Child
Dr. Scott and his office staff are donating to a worthy cause this holiday season called “Operation Christmas Child 2015”. Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Donors fill a shoe box with a few different items which will be sent to children in poverty-stricken areas. The idea is to let them know there’s somebody out there who cares. The boxes usually include necessities such as a t-shirt or a toothbrush, school supplies and a few toys. For more information about this program – click on the Operation Christmas Child icon you see here.
Creating Smiles & Changing Lives
Since 2011, Doctor Scott has been a partner of “Smiles Change Lives” to give children from low-income families much needed orthodontic treatment. It is an organization that is dear to our hearts, and to many other orthodontists across the country who donate endless hours of their time to treat children for everything from crooked teeth to a misaligned jaw.
Since the its founding in 1997, the program has treated thousands of children in the U.S.
Although we aren’t directly involved in the application process, “Smiles Change Lives” shares recommended patients with us who have been nominated from the Trumbull and Summit County areas.
You can download the application form here. Parents can submit an application on behalf of their child and so can the child’s teachers, physicians, and councelors. Below are some of the organization’s requirements to guide you in the process.
The child being nominated must be:
- Between the ages of 10 and 18 years old
- Practicing good oral hygiene and have no unfilled cavities
- Not currently wearing braces of being treated by an orthodontist
- Have a moderate to severe need for braces
The family’s household taxable income must also meet the organization’s financial guidelines, which vary depending on where you live.