Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hope Kids

So, 'tis the season for giving right?! Well I started wondering what I could do to make a difference this year? I wanted to make a difference in whatever small way I could.

I am a photographer, I have my BFA in Photography, I love to take pictures. I want my art to make a difference too. How could I, little ol' me, make a difference with my photos? Well Derek and I came up with this great plan! I want to take photos free-of-charge for families which, due to medical expenses, maybe can't afford professional portraits. I have a friend, Lindsay, who has been very involved with the organization HopeKids, and we have teamed up to do just that - take pictures for these families.

HopeKids is a fabulous organization!

HopeKids provides ongoing events & activities and a powerful, unique support community for children with cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.

What a wonderful organization! I am volunteering with them to create a portrait day for these families. On January 15th we are going to get as many portraits done for these families as possible. These families have so much going on, some of them have exhausted all finances on medical bills, and spend countless hours in hospitals. This project makes me thankful each and every day for my health and countless blessings!

Why am I sharing this with you? This organization gives so much over and over again to these children and their families. Along with this Portrait Day, I am also looking to raise donations for HopeKids. I know this is the time of year where we spend all of our money and every charity is looking for extra support, but I hope you will support this cause and donate. Whether it is just a few dollars (or more :) ) I know it will make a great difference to this organization. I don't want to give out my address to the world of the internet so if you are interested you can donate online at, or email or call me and I will get you my address to send me a check and I will give them all donations at the event in January.