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Christmas Magic 

I bet right now you know at least three people that donate time, money or toys during the holiday season.

I bet you know someone that lends a hand at the local soup kitchens giving meals to families that go without. 

And I bet you too at one point have lent a hand to help a family member or a friend.

I have seen charity pooled together on Facebook.
I have seen it at Make-a-wish foundation with the kids.
I have seen it at my kids school.

Charity.  Giving back.  Donations.

People want to help.  And thank goodness for that.  Because paying it forward, charity, donations, etc is what helps repair faith.

I don't care what kind of religion you believe in, we all need some sort of faith.

Last year I joined an organization called Help Portrait.  A photographer friend of mine (Joanne Henig) and myself donated our photography services  to a local women's shelter.  It is a feeling inside of me that I can still recall today.

This year, Joanne (owner of Long Island Photo Gallery) led the organization and created an awesome Help Portrait Team to participate in St. Patrick's Parish in Bay Shore Christmas event.  Every year St. Patrick church selectes families to participate in providing a warm meal, a visit from Santa, and toys to EVERY.SINGLE.CHILD.  Our team donated their time and talent to provide every family with a beautiful portrait.

I could not have worked with a better team of photographers on this event.  Each of us walked away feeling like we made each family smile a little brighter this holiday season. 

Thank you so much St. Patrick's Parish for hosting an event that filled every child with the magic of Christmas.  I cannot imagine the time and effort it must have taken to have pulled off such an amazing event.

Lastly, thank you to Joanne, Jessica, Mark, Rod, Bob, and Joe.  It was like we have all worked together a million times prior.  I enjoyed sharing our stories and experiences.  I hope we can all work together on this project again next year.


Reader Comments (1)

Such a great idea. That is what the holidays... all of them... is all about. Giving and helping our friends and neighbors, being a part of the world family.

Mon, December 20 | Unregistered CommenterTara R.

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