My name is Anita Dyman. I am 9 years old. Before summer began this past year I was thinking about what I could do as a special project for the summer.
One day, my dad gave me a copy of Time magazine. I like to read Time because I always find many interesting stories. On one of the pages I saw pictures of very sad kids with cleft lips. I learned it is possible
In September 2007 we sent our first check for $250 to The Smile Train organization that provides surgery for kids with cleft lips and palates. By fall we had collected close to $1,000.
I met many interesting people as a result of this project. I have so many stories to tell, but here are just two: One day a man came to the table where Mark and I were standing. He was very loud and in his mouth was a cigarette. He was puffing smoke like crazy. We almost could not breathe. At that moment, Mark made a terrible face showing he was suffocating. When the man saw Mark’s face, he took his cigarette out and crushed it with his shoes. “I know! I know! I am supposed to quit smoking, but I can’t. I need help with that.” My dad overheard him from his office, and he came out and talked to the man about quitting. I hope he will stop smoking one day.
Another night it was already starting to get dark when a man came to the table. He chose the card he liked, gave a donation, and then turned to me and said “I want you to write on this card: “Life is good. You have choices. God loves you.” He then asked me to give the card to any really sad homeless man.