October 1, 2008
19 families in 19 days in 3 states...
Sept has come to an end and last night I shot my 19th and final family for the Nie Nie Benefit for Sept.
In the last 19 days, I've shot 19 families in Provo/Salt Lake City UT, Fort Collins CO, and San Francisco CA. Don't ask how much film it was, lets just say it was a lot :).
I want to thank each and every family that participated in this event. It was great meeting you all, getting to know you and your cute, cute kids, playing with your kids, and seeing everyone come together for such a great cause. Your participation and contribution will go farther than any of us may ever comprehend.
Finally, I want to thank my dear, dear wife Callie. I would not have been able to do this without her. Her undying support is what got me through this and enabled me to serve in a way I never knew I could. Thank you for letting me do this. I hope the author of this does not mind me sharing, but this is a card I received from the first family that participated in the benefit. The card was not addressed to me, but for Callie:
Jonathan is going to get a lot of thanks this month (rightfully so) for his generosity with the Nielson family, but I'm guessing that few men can give up an entire month's income and so much time without his wife buying into the idea. So, thank you for YOUR generosity this month. I don't know the Nielson family or your family, but I am overwhelmed by their story and your family's incredible willingness to reach out to them. Thank you. - Debbie Peck"
With the help of these 19 families, we have raised $4750 in sitting fees for Stephaine & Christian. The orders have yet to show up as well, most of the images are not online yet from all these family sittings (thank you for your patience!!!).
Again, as a reminder, every family will receive a disc (all images printable up to 5x7) if we reach the goal of $10000. What does that translate to? If each family orders $276.32 worth of prints, our goal will be reached (not so daunting anymore is it?).
And to Stephanie & Christian, I've never met you and probably never will meet you but, here's to you. Thank you for inspiring so many people to do so much good. Thank you for reminding us how important FAMILY truly is. It is amazing what 2 people can accomplish from a hospital bed.
If you were not able to participate in the benefit this month and still want to help out with this cause, you can donate directly to the Nie Nie Recovery Fund HERE.