Pure7 Studios + Operation Smile!

What We're Doing
Pure7 Studios
 is so excited to kick off the new year working with Operation Smile! Our very own Lindsey Bray is headed to Cavite, Philippines to shadow a medical mission team and shoot the incredible work done by this organization.

When We're Going
Trip dates are February 17-29. Yes, that's really soon! We just worked out the kinks and were able to confirm, so we're ready to roll. Keep reading!

Why It Matters
We  first got involved with Operation Smile  & PPA Charities several years ago when we hosted fundraising portrait sessions to help pay for cleft lip and cleft palet surgeries for kids whose families can't afford them. You may not know that these deformities, ones that are fixed almost without thought in the United States, are literally life-threatening in other countries simply for lack of resources. This year, we get to physically visit a clinic and document these life-changing surgeries in person.

A seasoned traveler to third-world countries, Lindsey was the obvious choice from the Pure7 team to join Operation Smile on this trip. Her past vists to orphanages in Haiti and India highlighted for us the urgent needs in those cultures for medical treatments that are readily available here. Going on this trip with the purpose of telling the stories of these children through photos is a huge privilege. It allows us to be part of bringing the experience to people who don't have the option to see it firsthand.

How You Can Literally Change A Life
The great thing about partners is that everyone brings something to the table. While some of us can't physically go on a trip like this for any number of reasons, we can help send the ones who are able to pack a bag and hit the road. Here's what to know about donations:

- $240 pays for a whole surgery for one child. A whole surgery! Your money goes directly to ensure that a baby gets enough nutrition to survive, and a 7-year-old gets to go to school instead of being shunned for being deformed.

- Any amount helps. $20 donations add up quickly.

- Funds raised will cover all trip-related expenses, including equipment costs and daily meals not provided by the mission. 

- The work of all photographers working with Operation Smile this year will be part of a special publication to be released at the end of this year (please note that the photographers receive no compensation for this project in any way). It will celebrate Operation Smile's 35th anniversary and PPA Charities 20th anniversary, and all proceeds from the book will allow the work of those charities to continue. Donors who contribute the cost of one (1) whole surgery will receive a complimentary copy of this finished project, courtesy of Pure7 Studios.

We are honored to be part of helping build this legacy. We'd love for you to join us!
  • Jessica Bracken 
    • $50 
    • 81 mos
  • Marie Swope 
    • $50 
    • 81 mos
  • Jennifer Goff 
    • $50 
    • 81 mos
  • Elaine Manthey 
    • $300 
    • 81 mos
  • Denise Deppen 
    • $50 
    • 81 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Pure7 Studios 
Destin, FL
Erica Manthey 

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