Giving is Awesome {2011}

Giving is Awesome is something that I have now participated in for two years. And each year my heart is touched by the nominating stories that come in, and through the meeting and photographing of the winners. I am so thankful that my client base, friends and family are willing to share the stories of those around them with me. Without further ado, here we go…
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 – $1000 worth, to be exact. 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 $250 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 in Washington. 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 : mandiraemcdougall@gmail.com or add a comment to this blog post.
*All nominations must be in by December 20th, and the winner will be announced on Christmas Eve — 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.

Sandra - Hi Amanda. I am nominating my neighbor, Cheri. She is a single mother of 2 boys. Her husband was abusive and pays no child support. She works hard to keep a roof over their heads. Her son has numerous health issues and she hes many herself. When she gets sick shes in the hospital and has no income. The same goes for her son. Her work is commission and with the economy lets just say money is tight. She took down a oicture if her and her husband and theres an empty frame on her wall. Shes an amazing person with a great spirit. Tough situation with the boys father. She wasnt able to get her boys much for Christmas but she doesn’t let it get her down. How cool would it be to have a new picture in that frame to start off a brand new year :) December 20, 2010 – 12:00 pm

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