LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

NORFOLK - Teddy bears can help change a child's life.

How? You can purchase the gift of a surgery on Operation Smile's Facebook Giving Catalog or make a $240 online donation. The organization will send a teddy bear on an Operation Smile medical mission to be hand-delivered to the child receiving surgery. The bears will help comfort the child pre- and post-surgery.

You'll also receive a twin bear to remind you of your gift.

The Three Little Bears were designed exclusively for Operation Smile by Lisa Lori. She named them after her three boys who were all born with facial paralysis.

Since its founding in Norfolk in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 3.5 million healthcare evaluations and conducted over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities, as well as patients suffering from burns.

Read or Share this story: http://www.wvec.com/story/news/local/2014/09/09/14794418/