Make em Smile
What is the Make E'm Smile event?
The BIGGEST party celebrating kids with special needs(VIPs)! This annual community festival is the first Saturday of June in Downtown Orlando for kids and adults with all types of special needs and their families! In 2017, Make 'm Smile hosted 45,000 participants, including 3,000 VIPs, and this year, we expect an even bigger bash as we celebrate 16 years of smiles!
What does Aurora Ministries do at Make E'm Smile?
Each year, Aurora Ministries sets up a booth to give away free audio resources to the "VIPs," like the Portrait of Jesus (Children's version) on audio CD, Children's Bibles and devotionals on MP3/CD, and to show VIPs and their families our accessible Audio Bible players, which are easy to use by blind, visually impaired, and even kids with special needs.
For the second year, we would like to give away, to VIPs, our Wildlife Story Tellers as special prizes. Wildlife Story Tellers are accessible handheld players with the "Story of Jesus," which is a dramatized story told from the perspective of children who met Jesus. Each of these players fit inside a pocket in our Wildlife Pals, which are soft, cuddly, stuffed animals, like a bear, tiger, elephant, lion, or lamb.
Last year we gave 30 Wildlife Story Tellers to VIPs. We wish we could give each and every child a Wildlife Story Teller, but we can't do it alone. We need your help!
How you can help put a smile on a young man or woman with special needs?
A donation of only $40 helps us give one Wildlife Story Teller to a VIP Child. Make a donation online now.
I'm unable to describe in words the joy these children show when they hold a Wildlife StoryTeller, so let me show you. Here are a few photos from last year at Make E'm Smile.
Can I buy a Wildlife StoryTeller for myself?
Absolutely! If you have children, grandchildren, or another family member or friend that might want a Wildlife StoryTeller of their own, you can find them in our online store.