As the winter months are sneaking up on us, I’ve been searching for the best way to bring some holiday goodness this year. I took to the advice of some friends and visited 360Communities.org, a Burnsville-based organization that focuses on strengthening and helping our neighbors.
From there, I read several stories in local media about Minnesotans helping other Minnesotans through various means, including the act of providing necessities and gifts during the fall holidays. I inquired about the program and later met Steve Haschig, who is the Senior Director of Development. He was the subject of a Star Tribune article on the “Armful of Love’s” Holiday Caring Program.
The lead of the story caught my attention: ”A couple of years ago, Steve Haschig was taken aback by one man’s request for an iPod for Christmas, especially in light of the rest of the family’s modest wish list, which included food, socks, underwear and a blue-hooded sweatshirt.” The story went on to talk about how the man wanted the iPod to listen to music that helped him stay comfortable while receiving chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Mr. Haschig and his wife provided an iPod to the man so he could enjoy the soothing music.
Mr. Haschig later said” “It changed our attitude about our response,” and that’s when I knew that I’d found my avenue to help this holiday season.
“Armful of Love” helps hundreds of families around the Twin Cities each year during the holiday season to provide needed clothing, food, gifts and a great boost to their holiday spirits.
As we approach the busiest time of the year for in-studio shooting, Images by Kris has decided to assist “Armful of Love” by sponsoring three of their families for the holidays. Images by Kris will host a weekend long “Holiday Mini Shoot” at our Minneapolis Studio, Nov. 20 and 21. A portion of all sales from this two-day event will help us sponsor three families that need some extra help this holiday season.
We’re all aware of the local headlines showing the impact that the economy has had on everyone in the Twin Cities this year, but even the smallest actions can make a big difference to just one person. Please visit Communities360.org where you can find other ways to help our neighbors not only this holiday season, but throughout the year.
Happy Holidays to everyone, looking forward to seeing you in the studio!