SMILE's Response to COVID-19

Updated: October 23, 2020

At this time SMILE is continuing to suspend the fulfillment of item requests. When we begin fulfilling SMILE Kids requests we will do so in the order the application was received.


June 22, 2020

Samantha Makes It a Little Easier is respecting Governor Northam’s Stay-At-Home Order issued for Virginians to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are going to be making adjustments to our SMILE Kids Program and our day-to-day operations during this time.

  • We are suspending review, approval, and volunteer supported delivery of SMILE Kids Applications and equipment at this time. 

  • Applications currently in the review process will be completed.

  • Item deliveries will be completed by vendors and in coordination with families and their preferences. 

    • However, it may not be possible to provide delivery and installation until the Stay-at-Home order is lifted.

  • We are continuing to accept requests for equipment and will revisit the current suspension as the current health pandemic situation changes. 

    • If submitting an application, please do so via e-mail to or mail (currently being forwarded from the office).

  • We are postponing our major in-person fundraising efforts and events until August (or later if needed).

We ask that you keep in touch with us via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram) and e-newsletters for future updates on our signature events and recognition of our many local supporters. We will be sharing updates on our SMILE Kids and their families through these channels.

Social distancing and sanitization is an everyday reality for the SMILE Kids and families we serve who are living with and battling a life-threatening illness. They need our support now more than ever. We join many of our medical professionals and partners in asking that you help keep our SMILE Kids safe by staying home.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this challenging time. Please contact us with any questions.

Kristen Mantlo, MSS (MSW) PhD        
Executive Director