Excited to be part of Help Portrait in Cincinnati

I have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. Sometimes I log on and am just bombarded with information about people’s lunch, their frustrations and pictures of their workplace. But SOMETIMES something really cool comes up.

A couple weeks ago, I happened to see a post about someone taking part in Help Portrait in Chicago. It got my mind churning – what is Help Portrait? I have the equipment, can I participate? How does it work? Do they have one in Cincinnati?

Now I know there are actually two groups of people in Cincinnati doing Help Portrait events and, yes, I can help!

I’ll be volunteering my photography services at Help Portrait at Higher Branches in OTR from 2pm to 5pm Sunday, Dec. 9.

During this day, we’ll be providing 8×10 prints to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have a portrait of themselves, their kids, their family, etc. I think it’s extremely important to remind people that they are beautiful and should have a reminder of that, even if they can’t afford it. We’ll also be doing hair and makeup to help everyone look their best. 😀

SO! If you know someone in Cincinnati who would fit the bill for this special project, send them our way! Feel free to contact me (visit the contact page) if you need more information. Thanks!

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Louie’s Legacy Live in New York

One of my many hats is to be a communications volunteer for Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue. Our president Emily Gear asked me to put together a press release for something kind of awesome. Check it out:

Donations allow local animal rescue to help animals in New York

Cincinnati – Thanks to donations from local companies, Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue is making a difference in post-Hurricane Sandy New York.

Louie’s Legacy is a non-profit animal rescue with locations in Cincinnati and Staten Island, New York. They specialize in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming pets, but this fall, they are taking on a new responsibility – helping people care for their pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“Staten Island was probably hit harder than almost everywhere else – a lot of people have damaged homes and others lost their homes completely … At the end of the day, we have displaced people and animals,” said Emily Gear, Louie’s Legacy President.

Volunteers in Cincinnati reached out to pet-loving companies in the Queen City to find assistance for their sister location in New York. The two biggest needs were dog and cat food as well as crates for those pets. Gear said that while the shelters in New York allow people to bring their pets, those pets have to be in crates.

“That posed a big problem for some people, because they didn’t have crates. That means we have people who haven’t left their homes – even though they may not have heat or electricity and could be in unsafe houses – because they don’t have a place to keep their pets,” Gear said.

Petco donated 30 wire crates to make sure those people could pack up their pets and get to a safe shelter.

On the food front, P&G donated a semi-truck loads (about 44 pallets) of dry Iams dog and cat food – with another semi-truck load waiting in the wings if more is needed. Jack’s Pets, a small, family-owned company, donated a literal ton of pet food to the cause. All of the food will be handed out at donation distribution centers and, in some cases, door-to-door.

“I’m extremely grateful for the support these companies are showing for the animals and people in Staten Island,” she said. “I’m especially impressed with the smaller, family-owned companies – those who have no connection to the New York – who are still making huge donations to help the cause. I just want to say thank you to everyone.”

Gear said the important part about all these donations, aside from the health and safety of the animals, is that they will help the people of Staten Island to have the time and the resources to take care of their own needs.

“Many of the people at these shelters have been living hand to mouth. They haven’t been able to take the time to figure out their own situation. These donations will help take the pressure off. It will make a big difference,” she said.

If you’d like to get involved, Louie’s Legacy still needs help. Gear said shelters in New York had to close because of the storm and there are many pets without homes. Louie’s Legacy’s Cincinnati location will be coordinating foster homes and care for as many animals as possible. Gear asked that anyone who would like to help by being an administrative volunteer should visit http://www.louieslegacy.org.