“Independently, on my own, I’ve been giving small amounts over three years,” said actor Sharif Atkins about how he became the official Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile. “What I have seen on television pulled me in and I decided to start giving. I am doing what I can.”
The organization’s global efforts are to provide free surgeries for children born with facial deformities. The money raised by the organization, with Atkins help, will provide life-changing surgery for children around the world who are suffering from cleft palates. .
As the Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile, Sharif made a trip so that he could personally experience the difference that the free life-changing operations make in the lives of the children. “I came away feeling Operation Smile was an extension of the hand of God,” he said. “I was able to witness three of the four surgeries [during the trip].”
Atkins is currently in “White Collar,” which airs on the USA Network on Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. The show began its fourth season last month.
Atkins began his career in Chicago theatre and landed a five-year run as Michael Gallant on the television drama, “ER.” He has appeared in projects including: “The Good Wife,” “CSI: Miami,” “Criminal Minds,” “Cold case,” “Raising the Bar,” and “Num3ers.”
To learn more about Operation Smile, visit: www.OperationSmile.org and for more about Sharif Atkins in USA’s “White Collar,” visit: www.USANetwork.com/series/whitecollar.
Eunice Moseley is a PR/media and promotions consultant, as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years. For more entertainment news, visit: www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.