Front Porch Project during COVID-19 Pandemic

During these times of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all trying to keep busy and keep sane. I for one at least know I am, lol. But besides that, at the very beginning, there was a lot of separation in society, anger, and darkness. So I saw a little flicker of light us photographers were doing, the Front Porch Project. The Front Porch Project was started by another photographer, I wish I knew who so I could thank them, for multiple reasons. Some being for donations to a charity of choices, others just to give some families something to do during chaotic times. I for one took this trend as an opportunity to shed some light during the dark times. I took it upon myself to start a non-profit Facebook fundraiser for Feeding America. Feeding America is a non-profit organization that helps so many of the families struggling during the Corona Virus. I wanted to be able to help families who aren't as fortunate as us, and what better way than families helping other families. So, with every family that donated I would go to their house and take pictures of their families at their front door, with following social distancing regulations of course. It could have been formal, funny, or just straight-up quarantine style! Just giving some families something to look forward to during these trying times. In all honesty, when I first started the fundraiser and posted all about it, I thought I was going to get no response. And initially, there wasn't a response. I got extremely discouraged very quickly, but I went to my temporary second job of delivering pizzas and as I was almost done around 10 pm I went on my phone, and I had about 20 messages from mommas all over Lake County area. I was seriously shocked and almost cried. I was so excited and just filled with so much joy and words really can't describe the feeling, so let's just say that I was happy. I got going as soon as I got home and planned away, all the things, schedules, routes, excel sheets of each person and their contact info, all of it. I'm not gonna say it was super easy because, in all honesty, it wasn't, but the end result was amazing. My initial goal was to raise $500, which seemed impossible to me, but then it happened. So I raised it to $1,000... reached that goal. Than $1,500 ( I thought that was the end...) fast forward to now, the end of my fundraiser and I was able to raise over $3,000, $3,180 to be exact, and photograph 100 families, safely at their homes. Looking back at this, I cannot express the gratitude I have for all the donations, cards, tips, kind words exchanged during all of this. It has truly made my COVID-19 experience something else. Stay healthy, stay safe.

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