I seriously can’t believe its already November 1st! NOVEMBER! Not only where did this past month go, but where did the YEAR go?!? But, the fact remains that yes… it’s already holiday season.
Holiday season in Israel isn’t exactly like Holiday season in the rest of the world….
…but, thanks to Help-Portrait, its starting to feel a little like holiday season to me. Last year was the first year for Help-Portrait Tel Aviv, and it turned out to be such a blessing. This year, I’m expecting nothing less.
IN FACT, I’m expecting so much more! Last night I had a meeting with Professional Fashion Photographer, David Kutcher, who will be taking all our portraits this year. To say that I’m excited about this, is an understatement… I’m THRILLED!
Not only is he a FANTASTIC photographer, but he’s going to bring an entire studio with him to set up in my place.
A BLESSING BEYOND A BLESSING!
And after all… the purpose of being blessed is to in turn to bless others, and I KNOW that his work will do just that!
Yesterday was the big day! It went really well; we had lots of help and gave away clothes, toys, food, and of course pictures! We didn’t have as many people come as I had hoped, but the ones we had turned out wonderful! It wasn’t about numbers, but what we did with the ones we had.
Off all the people who came we had 7 different countries represented: Eritrea, The Congo, Nigeria, Sudan, Israel, Ethiopia and Turkey. There are so many AMAZING photos to choose from, and its difficult not to post them all, but I will just share a couple of my favorites:
(and I had to get a picture with this little guy and his mom!)
(to see the whole collection, click here)
I am super excited about an excursion I am putting together for this Friday, 11.12.09. It’s actually a world-wide outreach happening on 12.12, but since 12.12 is Shabbat here, I need to do it one day early.
Help-Portrait is a way to give back to the community via photo’s. To make a long explanation short, photographers will be offering their services free of charge to those in need. We will be creating portraits as keepsakes for families who might not be able to afford professional pictures at all.
How am I getting involved???? I have decided to put together Help-Portrait Tel Aviv for the Sudanese/Eritrean Refugees who I work with. Most of them have NO pictures what-so-ever of themselves and their families… and this is an excellent opportunity to give them this gift for the holidays. I have been recruiting like crazy: volunteers to help out on Friday to come and give of their time and services. We will also be providing gifts for the children, cookies, coffee, tea etc. A time to let them know that we love them and value them.
How can you help???? I need your prayers on Friday!!! I have literally put this thing together in less than a week, and its starting to crunch down on me. The weather is calling for rain, and that will just complicate it even more. I want this to be a blessing to them, but also not a burden to us.
Take a look... Here is the promo video from Help-Portrait, giving a background on how this all started:
A few other links you might want to check out:
The official Help-Portrait Tel Aviv group website
The facebook event I created
Can’t wait to see some smiling faces!