Operation Smile student volunteers give back on Giving Tuesday

13News Now Niko Clemmons has the story

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- People all across the globe are making a difference in their community and observing "Giving Tuesday." And students in Virginia Beach are no exception.

High schoolers with Operation Smile are preparing meals as a way to kick off this giving season.

Operation Smile, headquartered in Virginia Beach, is an intentional medical charity that provides hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for people who are born with facial deformities.

"All of our volunteers go around the world to help people everywhere, but they come back here and they're changed for ever and really want to make a difference," said Laura Gonzalez with Operation Smile

First Colonial High School senior Tara Midgett just came back from a mission trip in Paraguay, where they performed more than 100 surgeries. Now on this Giving Tuesday, she and fellow senior Celia Scott are giving back to their community, which they feel is equally as important.

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"Just coming home you have a whole other respect for your community and everyone that helps to do this. It's crazy to see all the work they put in," Tara said.

At the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, they're joining many other volunteers, hoping to make a difference in someone's life. Tara hopes to inspire others through her work with Operation Smile.

"Being a part of this, I've helped changed lives," Tara said. "Like, I can say I've helped create a difference in this world."


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