3 years ago, one of my best friends since Elementary School passed away suddenly of strep throat. Sam was one of those people everyone wishes they had as a friend because of her alluring spirit. Everywhere she went, her smile shined the brightest and her infectious laugh could light up a room. All of her friends and family decided Sam would've wanted to give back in some way, so her mom created the organization "Smiles for Samantha" which is a sub-organzition of "Operation Smile". Operation Smile is a worldwide children's charity organization that helps treat facial deformities such as cleft lips & cleft palates. This charity heals children in undeveloped nations who can't afford to fix a simple procedure, so we initiated "Smiles for Sam" to help Samantha bring smiles and love to those who need it most.