Thursday, July 1, 2010

Our New Charity: Angels of Faith

As portrait artists, we are and have been truly blessed for over 25 years to meet and capture memories of precious children each day.  We have seen many children from the day their proud parents introduced them to us at newborn, until they become adults.  Every child holds a very special place in our hearts.  Some children are born to serve an extraordinary purpose in life, while dealing with hardships.  We have had the privilege of meeting and photographing several children that live with cerebral palsy. 

Cerebral palsy is a chronic condition affecting the body movement and muscle coordination.  Currently, about 8,000 babies and infants are diagnosed with the condition each year.  1,200-1,500 preschool age children are recognized each year to have cerebral palsy.  It is very important to help the child achieve maximum potential in growth and development. Children that live with cerebral palsy often need
medication, surgery, braces and special care to improve nerve and muscle coordination.

We have learned from these children that live with cerebral palsy, although some may not be able to walk or talk, that they each have a huge heart, big smile and such sweet spirits.  They have inspired us to start a charity to help make a difference in lives of children and families affected by this condition.  One special friend of ours, Ethan, the nephew of Krissy that works at our studio, has become involved in helping with the charity.  Ethan lives with cerebral palsy and it does not hold back his loving spirit of giving.  He was asked, "Ethan, do you want to help raise money for children like you to have things that they need?"  He smiled and shook his head yes.  Ethan lives everyday with the faith of an angel. 

Being heartfelt portrait artists, we will create a calendar called "Angels of Faith".  The calendars will raise money for cerebral palsy. We plan to photograph children for the calendar every year, starting this year.  We are inviting you to be a part of this exciting journey with us.

We will be photographing children from newborn to 3 years old for the 2011 calendar July 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd and August 19th-21st, 2010.  In September and October, we will make all the images available on line to vote for your favorite angel.  Each vote costs $1 and will be donated to Easter Seals United Cerebral Palsy.  The 12 photographs with the most votes will be included in the calendar.  The calendars will be sold for $12.99 each, with the proceeds being donated the Easter Seals UCP. There are several ways we are inviting you to help. 

You can participate in the "Angels of Faith" charity campaign in any of the following ways:

1.  Schedule your child to be photographed as an angel for the 2011 "Angels of Faith" calendar.  The portrait dates are July 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd and August 19th-21st, 2010.  Our regular session fee is $50.  For this special charity event, we ask that you consider making a $50 or more donation to Easter Seals United Cerebral Palsy in lieu of the studio session fee.

2.  Go online during the months of September and October to vote for your favorite angel.  With each vote, you donate $1 to Easter Seals UCP.  You can vote as many times as you would like!

3.   Order the 2011 "Angels of Faith" calendar, featuring the angels from the September and October voting period.  Easter Seals UCP receives proceeds from the sale of each calendar. You can order calendars, by calling the studio at (704) 873-3982.  They make great gifts for everyone.

4.   Make a donation to Easter Seals United Cerebral Palsy
 by mailing a check to:
(make check payable to: Easter Seals UCP)
 c/o Crider's Photography
2294 Wilkesboro Highway
Statesville, NC 28625

We understand that you have many opportunities to give to charities.  As you think about your giving this year, please consider Easter Seals United Cerebral Palsy and help us reach our goal of raising $25,000 this year.  It's a challenging goal, but with your help it is achievable. 

Without a doubt, we have the greatest group of clients and friends anyone could imagine.  We appreciate your support in helping us make this step of faith to reach out to others.  Thank you!

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