Jean Paul Laurent founded Unspoken Smiles, a nonprofit promoting oral hygiene
Jean Paul Laurent, a Haitian-born immigrant is featured smiling on a variety of Lay’s flavored bags.
The new bags are part of a campaign to promote Operation Smile, a nonprofit that provides surgeries for people with cleft lips or palates.
Laurent was chosen to be featured on the bag because he founded Unspoken Smiles, a nonprofit promoting oral hygiene, especially among children.
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Laurent has helped more than 7,000 children worldwide achieve and maintain their oral health, The Haitian Times reported.
In 2004, Laurent immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Rockland County, New York, before moving to Spring Valley.
Before becoming the self-proclaimed Mayor of Smiles, the then 21-year-old was working at Target with limited English-speaking skills.
“[Sixteen] years ago[,]