Sunday, August 1, 2010

‘The deed is everything, the glory naught.’ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I Heart Faces is featuring a wonderful charity called Inspiration Through Art (Littlest Heroes Project) this week. volunteer 4 This charity centers around Professional Photographers taking photos for families with children who are suffering from any type of serious illness. The Littlest Heroes Project[3] If you know someone who could utilize this,

please pass it along!

I_Heart_Faces_noborder_125x100 Our post this week is supposed to be about how we give back thru photography. volunteer

I take pictures of many children that I work with in the city. I am not at liberty to disclose those images here, but you will have to trust me when I tell you that I work with very beautiful children. volunteer 6

I have never taken a picture of any child (or person for that matter) that was not beautiful.

Beauty is in everyone. volunteer 5Sometimes we just have to take a moment to look deeper.     volunteer 7 ‘If you can't feed a hundred people,

then feed just one.’

~Mother Teresavolunteer 8

Leave a comment telling me what you do to give back and I will pick one of your acts of service to do with Kaishon and Naji this week.

Giving back is the absolute best way to live, right?

Please visit my friend Adrienne’s blog today if you get a chance.

Her husband is fighting a difficult battle with cancer.

Hospice has been called in.

I cry and cry for her.

38 comments:

Puna said...

What a wonderful post. That photo of the little boy dancing just cracks me up each time. I never feel like I do enough, but I do what I can. A little bit at a time. I take all the photos for my church events. Some people who utilize the church services feel uncomfortable getting their photos taken. I understand. There is a special organization called Praise-n-Thunder that I am partial to. I don't go with them anymore, I was attacked on a trip with them. I should get over it. Anyway, my kids pack clothing and hygiene items for the homeless and give it to the Praise-n-Thunder guys. I feel that it's a very constructive and real way to give back, better than money.

Marilyn said...

I give regular donations to families feeding families and the local humane society. I also bake cupcakes to donate to raise money for homeless cats--aka strays. I donate to the Haiti fund and the Red Cross but not nearly as often as I should. I give 1/10 of the money I make selling cookies to the church. That's it. Not nearly enough but I am working on doing more.

Pseudo said...

I wish I did more, sometimes as a public school teacher I feel that I spend my week in service and don't do as much on the weekends for charity as I should.

But, one thing I do is take a plastic bag with me to the beach or on a hike and clean up the trash that people left behind.

SarahinSC said...

I agree that there is beauty in ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE!

Our family fosters in-training service dogs on the weekends. It's a lot of work, but we do it because we know that we are really going to help someone in the long run.

Kristina P. said...

It's so true. All children are beautiful. Even when you want to punch them in the face!

And as a social worker, who works with teenagers, I can really relate to Pseudo's comment. I feel like I spend my week doing servce that I don't do it enough outside of my job.

Busy Bee Suz said...

We give to a lot of different charities through out the year. My favorite way to give, is just a friendly word or smile to those I see who need it.
These are fabulous photos.

Brian Miller said...

smiles. nice post. i work with kids as well so we are out all week doing things. specifically with my family...we took on a neighbor down the street that is elderly. we clean and mow their yard regularly. the boys & T help and we spend time visiting with them afterwards. we never knew them before we knocked on their door to help. it has been a beautiful relationship...

Sarah said...

You are such a wonderful photographer and giver!

Studio JRU said...

Beautiful post! You are SO right... if we only look a bit harder, there is beauty everywhere. I try to do as many art donation requests that come my way. There are so many wonderful causes out there! :)

~Jennifer

Buckeroomama said...

Beautiful post, Becky... just like the beautiful person that you are. :)

I love the pics, too! Love, love, love them!

brainella said...

Give blood. I consider that my good deed. :)

Modesty is Pretty said...

I give kids a reason to smile and want to come to school! I give a pat & a hug to those who come crying from home, a bit of food to those who didn't have enough to eat beakfast at home, a true compliment to those that have been put down by other children because they were: too fat, too dumb, too slow, too dark. I give my children (students) motivation to want to learn and be excited about it! I give my children smiles that make them feel like a million bucks. I give new crayons to those who have 3 or 4 left in their crayon box. I give my "hyper-active" compliments and admiration for their work instead of pushing them down for their inability to stay quiet or seated at all times. I give encouragement and the ability to finally figure out what that group of letters mean. I give inspiration to children, but they give much more, at the end I end up owing them because I take experiences that I will keep forever in my heart. =)
You are so wonderful, the more I check your blog the more I love it, it's so inspirational.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Such a beautiful post, B! We love to give around our community, but with school starting here on Thursday...

Each back-to-school season we get a nice backpack/bookbag, fill it with all the necessary school supplies (and maybe more!), then take it to the local women and children shelter. You can't believe the smiles! (On EVERY face.) :o)

Mommy Needs a Vacation said...

Wow! Beautiful pictures!! I am part of a local women's organization and this past year I have been attending local state funded preschools and working with parents on the importance of reading to kids starting at an early age. It has been so rewarding!

M said...

I have heard of photographers who take photos of children w/life threatening illnesses....I wish I would have known about that when my daughter was ill.

....as for giving....here's a few from this summer:

*volunteered for trail maintenance at a state park...worked my tail off!
*Collected aluminum cans and bottles and donated the $ to a school that burned down (arson) so the teachers could buy what they needed....they lost everything!
*donated my classroom emergency supply food to the food bank...it would expire before the upcoming school year is over.
*Gave tons of stuff to Goodwill
*wrote to my aunt in a senior complex one letter per week.
*embroidered dish towels for friends for no reason at all...this is something you cannot do w/o the machine but you could make something else.

Happy Late Sunday Night,
lMnop

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

Oh Becky!!! Bless your heart!!
What a Beautiful post!
Have a fabulous Monday!

FootPrints said...

love love love your photos...showing them in their true form - beautiful!

TidyMom said...

Beautiful post and beautiful photo's!!
I posted about a day where a friend and I paid for strangers lunch and groceries.......what a fun way to give.

http://tidymomphotography.blogspot.com/2010/08/random-acts-of-kindness-i-heart-faces.html

Dena said...

Beautiful pictures. I also couldn't post the majority of ones I had taken. Still, its all good. You are right about the beauty!

I try to give my time to our local Rainbow Room. It is an emergency resource room for CPS workers who remove children. It has diapers, formula, clothes, shoes, snacks, ect.

What a great idea to do this.

Eternal Lizdom said...

We have many acts of kindness we do for others.

1. Teagan has become a huge fighter of litter. It takes us a good 10 minutes to walk from parking lot to store because she wants to pick up every piece of trash she finds. I'm not about to stop her- even though I sometimes want to hurry up and get to our errand.

2. Food pantries are near and dear to my heart. While my mom and I never used one formally, we did have church family that helped us out with a bag of groceries from time to time. Now, there are 2 food pantries right in my town that my church collects for. This is a passion project for me and my kids. We regularly buy the themed food for the month to donate (this month is cereal, previous months have been canned tuna or peanut butter). We also regularly shop the sales and buy extra to donate. Teagan has really staked interest in this passion- she's even talking to me about ways she can earn some money so she can buy food for the food pantry. At Christmas, we focused less on what we got from Santa Claus and more on the legend of Saint Nicholas and how he gave to others. So Santa sent a letter before Christmas and asked Teagan to leave some food that he could take with him to some families he knew of that were hungry. He said that he knew how much work Teagan does to help hungry families by giving to the food pantry. She had the best time going through the aisles of the grocery, picking out the cans of food and boxes of food we would leave for Santa to take to other families. We have plans- and an open invitation from both food pantries- to come and work sometime. Filling the shelves with donations.

3. Our local Humane Society. Our local HS is committed to being a no-kill shelter. They currently have over 400 animals available for adoption. They are overcrowded on site and they have filled up foster homes and other boarding facilities who partner with them. When they ask for donations- laundry detergent, canned food, dry food, etc- I make a point to pick some up and deliver it. Someday we will be ready for another dog in our home and I know we will find that pooch at our local HS. Our local HS is very skilled at helping to match up dogs to families and with the process of introducing the new pet to the family and to any existing family pets. They do wonderful work.

Eternal Lizdom said...

We have many acts of kindness we do for others.

1. Teagan has become a huge fighter of litter. It takes us a good 10 minutes to walk from parking lot to store because she wants to pick up every piece of trash she finds. I'm not about to stop her- even though I sometimes want to hurry up and get to our errand.

2. Food pantries are near and dear to my heart. While my mom and I never used one formally, we did have church family that helped us out with a bag of groceries from time to time. Now, there are 2 food pantries right in my town that my church collects for. This is a passion project for me and my kids. We regularly buy the themed food for the month to donate (this month is cereal, previous months have been canned tuna or peanut butter). We also regularly shop the sales and buy extra to donate. Teagan has really staked interest in this passion- she's even talking to me about ways she can earn some money so she can buy food for the food pantry. At Christmas, we focused less on what we got from Santa Claus and more on the legend of Saint Nicholas and how he gave to others. So Santa sent a letter before Christmas and asked Teagan to leave some food that he could take with him to some families he knew of that were hungry. He said that he knew how much work Teagan does to help hungry families by giving to the food pantry. She had the best time going through the aisles of the grocery, picking out the cans of food and boxes of food we would leave for Santa to take to other families. We have plans- and an open invitation from both food pantries- to come and work sometime. Filling the shelves with donations.

3. Our local Humane Society. Our local HS is committed to being a no-kill shelter. They currently have over 400 animals available for adoption. They are overcrowded on site and they have filled up foster homes and other boarding facilities who partner with them. When they ask for donations- laundry detergent, canned food, dry food, etc- I make a point to pick some up and deliver it. Someday we will be ready for another dog in our home and I know we will find that pooch at our local HS. Our local HS is very skilled at helping to match up dogs to families and with the process of introducing the new pet to the family and to any existing family pets. They do wonderful work.

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

awwwwwwwww.....I imagine they are GORGEOUS children, Becky! I love your heart!

We do Homeless Joe bags here: we take large ziploc bags and put a bottle of water, a package of crackers with peanut butter (or cheese, whichever I have) and a bible and we hand them out to the homeless people that stand on the side of the road asking for money. I may not have money to share with you, but I have something far greater! :D

My kids have always LOVED doing this! At Christmas last year, when my husband had been laid off since Oct and we had NO Christmas of our own, we did Homeless Joe bags but added new socks, new gloves, and a candy bar to each bag too. We gave what little we had to someone else, and God blessed us HUGE at Christmas time through a sweet friend.

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

So sorry about your friend. I will pray for her! Are you in Ohio? Your pictures are wonderful!

TechnoBabe said...

You inspire me to the max. I would have never thought to put cotton candy in the shape of a heart and heart is my favorite shape. Awesome.
I give back by taking food to the local shelter.

Brooke said...

i certainly don't do enough to give back to the community. but this week my SS class is buying school supplies for kids in our area. sadly there are plenty who feel the pinch of buying/filling a $20 back pack.

Maddy said...

Unfortunately, between all the many other "hats" I wear on any giving day, my "giving back hat" has been tucked in the bottom of the pile :( But thanks for the gentle reminder about giving back! I'm sure you do some remarkable work your local kids! I'm going to start doing some research to find out how I can do the same :)

BTW- Thanks for the words of encouragement this morning! You are truly one-of-a-kind!!

Barb Phillips said...

Love the quote "If you can't feed a million people, then feed just one." Mother Teresa.
Just recently a group of women and myself set out with a project to sew and quilt 500 quilts that would be given to aid in humanitarian relief. That is 500 finished double sized quilts in 4 months. With the aid of several womens groups we were not only able to donate the 500 quilts BUT we were able to add 400+ more to the quilt number for a total of all most 1000 quilts. These will be going all over the world to aid those that are suffering from natural disasters. I am still quilting and send quilt and it feels good to be able to aid someone else that is less fortunate than myself.

Becca said...

I love you and I love this!! :-)

Jeanna said...

I cannot share my pictures either, possibly for some of the same reasons, but I know what a special experience it is to work with such beautiful faces and spirits. :)

These Three Kings said...

wonderful post! Great ideas above. I only have one. Micah 6:8.However the Lord leads you to apply that.Teach it to your kids, and live it out before them. Gosh, I love ya pics!! They encourage me.
Nicole

angie said...

Your poor friend.

What a blessing to have you here to support her as she goes through this hard time though.

I think you find the beauty in everyone, and that's so beautiful!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

thank you for this post! I actually just entered into the contest iheartfaces has going on for the pics of kids I take who need homes. I have no delusions that I will win...but maybe someone will click the link to find out more, and that will spark curiosity, and that will lead to them opening their heart and/or home to a child in need :) convoluted and sneaky? perhaps! but, I'm willing to take the chance!
praying for your friend...
M

Lisa said...

Boy that Mother Teresa has a way with words!

What do we do to help others? If I know of someone that is very sick my daughters and I make several meals for them...do their grocery shopping and just visit with them if they are elderly. My son's will take care of the yard.

I love this post Rebeckah. It is like always, just beautiful! I see your heart agian.

Also, thank you for sending me to Adrienne’s blog...I will be praying!

Much Love to you!

Lisa

Amy Sullivan said...

What an amazing idea...we don't realize what a perk pictures are, and when you have someone who can truly capture beauty it is a gift.

Love your photos.

Mighty M said...

I hate cancer. :(

Margaret Christine said...

I go to the Lily Sparrow House a lot. It is different then most homeless shelters, at least ours is. Mine is actually right across the street and down a few from where I live so I'm very lucky that way. Going there is great--just to talk to people or help the kids that are staying there with homework, whatever...it truly is a house where all are welcome.

Sarah said...

Sos sweet...My favorite Mother Theresa quote is "we can't always do great things in this life, but we can do small things with great love" (or something along those lines).

Serline said...

Giving leftover food to the stray cats and dogs in the neighborhood.