Category Archives: giving back

Thanksgiving Food Drive | Thanks to YOU!

I am so happy to report that after 114 “Likes” on my Nov. 23 blog post and a handful more on various wall posts on Facebook, I was able to donate 132 cans of food on YOUR BEHALF to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Here are a couple of iPhone snaps from Friday, when I bought and delivered the food.

Loading up the cart!

And the full trunk of my Zipcar! (Complete with a snow shovel in case of a blizzard. :))

Thanks, friends! I think I’ll make this an annual thing. Oh, and you know the best part? When a guy in front of me in line at the store saw I was buying so many cans of food, he offered to buy another tray of 12 cans to add to the donation! Thanks, Roger! You’re definitely paying it forward …


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Thanksgiving Food Drive | Just “Like” to Donate

Some of you might know that over the past couple of years, I’ve been volunteering once a week at a soup kitchen. It’s been a really important part of my life. And as a person blessed with the means to have food on my table, I feel that I’m called to do my part to feed those who often go hungry.

So, over the course of the next week, I’m holding a sort of virtual food drive here on my blog. It’s a simple way for you to make a difference without spending a single cent.

Just “Like” this post by clicking the Facebook “Like” button below. For every “Like” received through November 30, 2010, I’ll donate a can of food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Can you spare a click? Go ahead. Hit the Like button below. (Or, feel free to leave a comment on this post if you don’t use Facebook. I’ll count comments too!) Let’s see how many cans we can donate!

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MS Walk 2010 - Ridgewood New Jersey Event Photography

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to photograph a really amazing walk put on by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I know that the work of the National MS Society is incredibly important in moving toward a world free of MS, and the outpouring of support was certainly evident at Sunday’s walk. I’m always inspired by people supporting each other and coming together for a cause that’s close to their heart. If you’d like to learn more about how to help this great organization, check out their website here.

This was just one of many walks throughout the NYC metro area last weekend, and the turnout was fantastic. Here are a few of my favorite images:

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Some of you may know about my obsession with public transit. I’ve been riding the bus and/or train as much as I possibly can for the past two years, which has allowed my husband and I to give up our second car altogether. Honestly, someone should tell the Geico Gekko about this trick to saving hundreds on your car insurance: just own one car! :) It’s been great.

Anyway, last week I had the opportunity to volunteer with Transportation Alternatives, an established NYC organization devoted to promoting … you guessed it … alternative modes of transportation. Namely, getting single drivers out of the car and onto bikes, buses, and trains. They’ve been around since 1973, and are certainly one of the most established transit organizations in the nation. I helped put together a mailing for NYC Bike Month, which is May!

And check out more about their advocacy campaigns here. These guys rock and they know it. :)


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Lynden Youth Soccer

A former co-worker, Fred, coach of the 4th/5th grade girls Horizon Bank team, asked me to photograph their final game today. These girls went undefeated the entire season!! Way to go purple team … you rock!

Ninja soccer, anyone?

Look at those trophies!

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