Around 2 weeks ago, I saw a news story of a photographer who was taking photos of families around their community to bring some light to a families day, especially to those who are self isolating. I instantly connected with the story and I knew what I had to do. I had to start doing “Porchtraits” for those at home to help brighten up their day with a photo! I decided to partner up with the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation to raise funds for Healthcare Heroes within the community as well as patients at the Medicine Hat Hospital.
I chose the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation for multiple reasons. First, I wanted to give back to the front line staff as well as the patients that are currently in the hospital. The donations will be given to hospital staff in the form of gift cards and it will help support patients in receiving flowers, the newspaper, crosswords & puzzles as well as cell phones so they can connect with their loved ones.
When I first started doing the porchtraits I never expected it to affect me on such a positive level. Hearing all the varied stories of how these families have been affected because of the current pandemic, it was heartbreaking in some cases, and in others it was truly mesmerizing in how they found the silver lining to their situation. There were more than a couple times that I left a families home in tears of joy and gratefulness. Each story has been unique and proved to me that we are all in this together, through the good and bad.
I didn’t think I would ever have the opportunity to take on a fundraiser especially with my passion of photography being the tool to do it. I feel beyond blessed to be able to brighten up someone’s day while raising money for our Healthcare Heroes and hospital patients. This has really been a life changing experience that I will remember forever.
If you are interested in donating to the Healthcare Hero Fund, you can send your donation to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like your own porchtrait in the Medicine Hat and Redcliff area, please reach out to me and we’ll make it happen!
Until next time, stay safe and take of one another.