Giving Back – Helping a Family in Need


I am very blessed and thankful! I have a wonderful husband, great kids and we’re all healthy and one happy unit. I am thankful for the house we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, the wonderful meals we eat and of course we are blessed with having work too. 3 out of 4 that is, since my younger son is playing sports his last year in high school he’s exempt from working. Yes, we are blessed!

We don’t take for granted what we possess but sometimes we forget in our busy lives that other families are less fortunate. There are many wonderful people who really make a difference with coat & blanket drives, food drives, bicycle programs, clothing closets and the list goes on…

Giving is Awesome” is another way to help out a family. Kristen Kalp of Essential Imagery and a friend photographer in one of my photography forums, created this awesomeness and over 500 photographers went crazy last year donating their services nationwide. Last year I participated and sadly, it fell through. The family name given to me was set to have portraits done in July. Not only family portraits but I was going to document their daughter’s Quincenera, 15th birthday celebration. Unfortunately, I lost contact with them. No forwarding address or number, gone! I hope they are doing well!

I’ve registered to help again for next year but I need your help.

Please help me find a family who qualifies with the following:

{Thanks Kristen for your wording.}
You know someone. You know someone who’s experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who can’t afford custom photography, but who would cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family’s spirit, love, and beauty.

You know someone. I guarantee it.

I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography — $950 worth, to be exact (includes waived session fee). Whether it’s canvas or albums, prints for Grandma, or a slideshow to watch over and over, it’s in your power to give them the artwork they deserve this holiday season.

Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a $200 print credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?

The rules:

* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home in Paris does not qualify as sincere financial need.)

* The nominee must reside within 100 miles of San Jose, CA. Tell me who you know, what they’re experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.

* You must e-mail me the full story with the nominee’s contact information :

The winner will be called the first week of January — get nominating! I can’t wait to read all of your entries!

Open your heart to someone this holiday season — and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

Charlene Chavez

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