There are so many ways..so many organizations needing help.
Most of us generally choose something that holds some personal meaning for us.
Last year I joined in with It's a Preemie Thing and donated a free family photo session to a lucky winner of their contest locally.
I also set up Christmas mini sessions to raise money for the Eastside Domestic Violence Program. 50% of my session profits went to that organization.
This year I'm starting out with Inspiration Through Art (formerly the Littlest Heroes Project). I had applied and been accepted a few years ago, but when they revamped the name and website...somehow things got lost in the shuffle!
Here's their mission statement on the website:
"Our mission at Inspiration Through Art is to help provide and capture memories for families who are dealing with hectic schedules due to having a child who is suffering from a serious illness or life altering disability. We are here to offer emotional support through the beauty and expression art has to offer, as a way of healing and coping. We understand that in the midst of being thrown a diagnosis and having to switch from a “normal” life to a life that is totally different, and often scary, things like getting photos taken is sometimes a huge challenge and is one of the last things families are thinking about. But when everything is done, and either the child has reached the end of their battle, or has proven the odds against it many wish they had more time to stop, and capture the journey that they lived through for so long. Through Inspiration Through Art- our photographers and volunteers understand each and every case, and cater it to fit and honor each child and family. Our photographers are on hand to travel to homes, hospitals, clinics, fundraisers, and benefits to help capture your child’s journey in a “Day in the life” sort of style and work personally one on one with your child and entire family to get those special family photos and moments that you can cherish for years to come."
I'm really excited to be a part of this organization! I think it will be so inspiring and worthwhile. Hopefully the occasional family will contact me and I'll have the privilege of giving them some unforgettable memories.
If you are a photographer, consider having a look at the website and joining as well. If you are a family in need, or know someone that is.....send them to the website too.