They Can Choose Any Charity In the World to Support

Here's Why They Choose Smile Train

Tatyana Ali

Tatyana Ali


"I had never before considered how having a cleft affects every single aspect of a person's life. In Mazatlan, I was truly humbled and experienced first hand the many ways that Smile Train is improving lives around the world. I saw people of all ages undergoing life-changing surgery. I saw local doctors being trained. It was incredible to know that this blessing would not be a one time occurrence, but a persisting force of undeniable good."

All-star pitcher Grant Balfour and his wife Angie Balfour support Smile Train providing free cleft surgery to children in need

Grant and Angie Balfour

Professional Baseball Player

"We've seen the before-and-after photos of those kids and how can that not make you feel better? You see the magnitude of what this organization does. You see kids smile, and they're so innocent."

Smile Train Supporter Comedian John Bishop

John Bishop


"I’ve watched the Smile Pinki film and was moved and inspired by what I saw. I am honoured to be associated with an organisation like Smile Train."

Christie Brinkley

Former American Supermodel

"When you smile, the world smiles with you. Thank you Smile Train for giving so many children a whole new world of happiness."

Dan Bucatinsky

Dan Bucatinsky

Actor, Producer

"Smile and the whole world smiles with you" goes the famous song lyric. And it's true. One smile inspires another -- and another -- and another. Smile Train helps teach local doctors how to put smiles on the faces of thousands of children who, like my niece, were born with cleft lip and/or palates... In effect, this wonderful organization is creating a limitless train of smiles the world over! And that's one train I'm happy to catch a ride on!"

Dean Cain

Dean Cain


"It was a pretty amazing situation to be with Smile Train with these incredibly talented doctors and watch them work. All you have to do is see one little child and suddenly you want to help them anyway you can. Smile Train surgeons are in there physically touching and fixing and changing people's lives and I think it's just incredible."

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert

Television Host

"Smile Train is even better than the Love Train, the Peace Train, and the Crazy Train."

Kevin Connolly

Kevin Connolly


"What could be better than helping a little kid smile for the first time? I bet it puts a smile on your face too."

Graham Elliot

Celebrity Chef

"Smile Train puts a grin on my face almost as large as my son Conrad's, who was born with a bilateral cleft. Next stop: joy & happiness...all aboard!"

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada


"It's a beautiful thing that Smile Train does. They are the angels to these communities."

The Late Walter Cronkite

Former Managing Editor & Anchor

"It's hard to believe that something that costs so little and happens so fast can have such a big impact. This life-changing surgery provides these children with a new smile and the promise of a new future. And a second chance at life that they never thought they'd get."

Smile Train Supporter Sammi Hanratty

Sammi Hanratty


"Smiles are contagious. When I see a child smile, it warms my heart. It breaks my heart to know that children born with a cleft in developing countries are thought to be cursed. We can change that. For only $250 you can give a child a second chance at life and save them from being ostracized. By donating to Smile Train, you are helping make a difference in thousands of lives."

Rebecca Herbst

Rebecca Herbst


"Giving the gift of a new smile to a child also gives that child a second chance at life. That's something to really smile about."

Jane Kaczmarek


“Supporting Smile Train’s work is such a tangible way to know you’re making a difference in a child’s life. Thank you to Smile Train for giving us the opportunity to make a life by giving a life.”

Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel

Comedian, TV Show Host

“I have spent my life trying to elicit smiles. There’s nothing more precious than the smile on a child’s face. This is one train ride well worth taking. I can’t thank you enough for letting me be part of this organization’s priceless achievements.”

Photographer Mary McCartney supports Smile Train to provide free cleft surgery

Mary McCartney


“The difference Smile Train makes to both the children and their families’ lives is enormous.”

Reba McEntire supports Smile Train, giving children free cleft lip and palate surgery

Reba McEntire

Award Winning Country Music Artist and Actor

"Please join me in supporting The Smile Train. Together we can turn tears into smiles and despair into hope."

Smile Train Supporter Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Actor, Singer

“It’s incredible the number of children’s lives transformed by Smile Train every day.”

Jimmy Pardo

Jimmy Pardo

Comedian, Actor

"Being a comedian and host of the award winning podcast "Never Not Funny", it was a no-brainer to support Smile Train, since we are both in the business of putting smiles on people's faces."

General Colin Powell

Former U.S. Secretary of State

“By helping the children of the poorest people living in the world’s poorest places, Smile Train is showing the world what America is truly all about.”

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Actor, Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador

"God has given me plenty of reasons to smile and I feel it's time to spread it around. There are a lot of children out there who so desperately need help, but can’t receive timely care because their families cannot afford this surgery or are ill-educated about this condition. Working with Smile Train, if I can make a difference in their lives, it will certainly make me feel honored and blessed."

Marian Rivera

Filipino Actress and TV Personality, Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador, Philippines Ambassador for Women and Children with Disabilities

“A smile is such a precious gift. It can change lives. I was so pleased to hear about the great work of Smile Train in the Philippines. It was an easy choice for an advocacy I could support. I hope that, in my own little way, I can help Smile Train make a difference in the lives of thousands more who are in desperate need of cleft surgery.”

Gale and Ardythe Sayers

Gale and Ardythe Sayers

Gale Sayers: Chicago Bear and NFL Hall of Fame Legendary Running Back, Chairman-Gale Sayers Foundation | Ardythe Sayers: Trustee-Gale Sayers Foundation

“Smile Train is making a profound difference in the lives of so many children and families around the world; one smile at a time!"

Smile Train Supporter Carly Simon

Carly Simon

Singer Songwriter

“If you like kids and you like doing things that help people, I think you’d really like being part of this group.”

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Hilary Swank


“Having a humble beginning myself, I know how it feels to not fit in. I can only imagine the pain and heartbreak these kids face every day. My hope is that we can give each and every one a beautiful smile.”

Nick Symmonds proudly supports Smile Train to give children free cleft surgery and new lives

Nick Symmonds

"The work that Smile Train has done to assist those born with clefts inspires me every day. Running has allowed me to travel the world and, at times, bear witness to incredible poverty. I am reminded of the many blessings we have here in America and the wise words that, 'to whom much is given, much will be expected.' The hard working men and women at Smile Train have clearly taken these words to heart and are giving thousands of smiles back to the world every year."

Kristen Taekman

Kristen Taekman


"Smile Train is a wonderful organization that recognizes the necessity of a smile. Your smile, my smile, most importantly, our children's smile – it is the most powerful way to express emotion, and always there to make people feel happy, warm, and safe. Smile Train has a brilliant approach to helping families and children all over the world change their lives one beautiful smile at a time."

Lauren Thompson proudly supports Smile Train providing children with free cleft surgery

Lauren Thompson

Television Host

"A Smile is a powerful thing. In a single action, we have the power to change our own mood and brighten the world around us. But children born with clefts in developing countries are doomed to suffer simply for how they were born. Being able to smile is a gift. Giving a Smile changes the World."

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The Late Robin Williams

Actor, Comedian

"There are a million different ways to make someone laugh, but I must say, Smile Train is one of the best ways I have ever seen to help someone smile."

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

11th President of India

At a function to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Smile Train India, former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam talks about the success of Smile Train, the virtues of doctors and the need to reach a million Indian children still suffering from cleft and palate defects.