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Rob Jones pulled off a Christmas Miracle, and he doesn’t even know it. First, a quick background: Rob runs Towner-Jones Photography based up in Washington DC, and when I started my Worldwide Photo Walk a few years back, Rob contacted me asking if he could help by setting up and running an t-shirt shop with the proceeds going to “Springs of Hope Orphanage” in Kenya (which was built from the ground up in part by donations from some of the wonderful people who read this very blog).

Anyway, Rob’s idea was a hit, and last year alone we raised more than $7,000 to feed and cloth the wonderful kinds at Springs of Hope Kenya. This year, Rob set a goal of $10,000, but we got the store up a little late (my fault) and we were at around $7,000 once again, but Rob wouldn’t settle for that, and he personally kicked in another $1,500 and he got a good friend of his, Troy Breidenbach (president of IGT America (igtamerica.com) to donate the remaining $1,500 to reach our $10,000 goal for the orphanage.

Timing is everything
Here’s where Rob’s Christmas Miracle kicks in. Last night my family went to our church’s annual Christmas Play, and at the end our Pastor asked if the folks there could find a way to kick in a little that night to help the Springs of Hope because there had been two recent break-ins at the orphanage, one of them being a violent break-in (he didn’t elaborate), but they wanted to add more security, including a security system, to help protect the children and staff.

Molly Bail, the director of Springs of Hope in Kenya, was visiting our church last night, and she was out front selling hand-bags made by the children and staff to raise money for the orphanage. I hadn’t seen Molly yet (didn’t even know she was there), but I saw her after church and was able to tell her that $10,000 was on its way (even more than they needed), and she was just overcome.

I have a favor to ask
This never would have happened if not for Rob, and for Troy Breidenbach, and for those of you around the world who brought the official Worldwide Photo Walk t-shirts, and I am just so very grateful to you all. That being said, I have a favor to ask. Could you join me here in thanking Rob for working and managing this t-shirt project for years now, so at the end of it all, we don’t just have photos to show for it—-we have something that makes in a real difference in the lives of some very deserving children’s lives. Just leave Rob a quick comment here, or visit his blog and thank him there , or I’m sure that Rob would even appreciate it more if you visited SpringsOfHopeKenya.org and sponsored a child, or you could pick up a holiday gift for them (shown below) that won’t cost you very much, but these gifts of food mean more than you can ever know.

Merry Christmas everybody!
Thanks to Rob and Troy, and even my friend Janine who sends a donation to Springs of Hope every single month, and thanks to you all for coming to the rescue once again, and being a part of a little Christmas miracle.

 

I am absolutely delighted to announce that through our “Photoshop Guys Guitar Raffle” you guys raised more than the $2,000 needed to get both of the vans back in working order for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. How cool is that!!!!

The raffle ticket sales were $1,575, plus our Spiderlite friends at FJ Wescott & Company donated $100 toward the repair, and my wonderful friend and fellow photographer Janine kicked in $500 to take us over the top, raising a total of $2,175 for the Orphanage.

Now, it’s time to reveal our winner for the autographed guitar. The winner, picked at random from all the raffle ticket holders, is:

Marty Ginter of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Congrats to Marty (we’ll be shipping you the guitar soon!).

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who kicked in and bought a raffle ticket, and even though you may not have won the guitar, you won because by buying that ticket you helped orphaned kids on the other side of the world who were counting on you to be there for them….and you were. :)

I’m continually amazed and proud of the people who read this blog, and who over these past few years, through their boundless generosity, have helped transform an empty plot of land in Nakuru, Kenya, into a place which every single day provides food, education, hugs, love, and puts a roof over the heads of some truly wonderful (and totally adorable) young children. Ya did good, gang!

Please take a minute and check out the short video clip above—it’s an excerpt from this week’s episode of “The Grid” which explains why we need to raise some money quick to help the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya, and how you might win “The Photoshop Guys” signed guitar for helping out.

Here’s the link (watch the video first, then I hope you’ll want to click the link and help. If you do help, please leave me a comment so I can thank you personally).

Hi Gang: I know many of you have generously supported the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya this year, and I wanted to give you guys a quick update on a some great news:

(1) The sales of t-shirts from my Worldwide Photo Walk raised over $7,000 this year.
This could not have come at a better time. I got an email from Molly Bail, who runs the orphanage, looking for help in covering transportation costs, clothing, and school supplies for the children in the orphanage, and right about that time Rob Jones (from Towner Jones Photography, who organized the sale of the shirts), let me know that not only had we raised that much, but that the first check was already on its way. Way to go Rob, and to everyone who bought a shirt (100% of the profits went to the orphanage).

(2) Yesterday, after a very long, complex, and tedious process, the Orphanage was granted official registration as a Charitable Children’s Institute in Kenya (their designation for a Children’s Home). They had to go through loads of legal wrangling, and miles of red tape and politics to get this done, but thankfully—it’s done. During the hearing (in front of 20+ people from the Kenyan Children’s Dept. board, the head provincial officer who overseas children’s homes in a large area of Kenya, and had thoroughly inspected Springs of Hope Orphanage), said that he thought it to be “The Best!”

(3) You can follow Springs of Hope Kenya on Facebook right here.

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Our buddy Rob Jones (of Towner Jones Photography), has come up with the “Killer Deal” of the year, for anyone participating in the World Wide PhotoWalk (or not).

You guys know we have official Photo Walk t-Shirts (Rob’s idea), and 100% of the profits from the sale of these shirts goes to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya, but Rob’s deal takes this up a BIG notch.

For this weekend only (through the 27th at midnight EDT), Towner Jones Photography will contribute an additional $10 per item to the Springs of Hope Orphanage.

Whether you’re walking or not, this is a AWESOME way to support the Orphange, and the walk, and you’ll look totally cool in the shirts.

Here’s the link. Order yours right now, while you’re thinking about it. :-)

My humble thanks to Rob for his incredibly big heart, and all his help in supporting the kids!

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Ken Toney, regular commenter here on the blog, won the raffle we did for the “Photoshop Guys Signature Guitar” and he sent me the shot above of the guitar, in its display case, hanging on the wall of his office (which is pretty sweet, by the way). Click on the photo for a larger view.

The raffle raised nearly $2,500 for the Springs of Hope Orphanage, and then we raised another $1,300+ from the off camera flash t-shirts (which are still available, in four stunning styles by the way), right here.

Also, we raised an additional $1,000 through this blog’s affiliate program with Think Tank Photo, (makers of the most awesome camera bags I’ve ever used) so if you’re thinking of buying any Think Tank gear (over $50), use this link and: (1) You’ll get a cool freebie from Think Tank (see below), and (2) 100% of the affiliate fee goes directly to the orphanage.

Here are the free Think Tank Goodies you get to choose from:

  • Cable Management 20 ($19.95) Link
  • Modular Pouch ($19.95)  Link
  • Pixel Pocket Rocket ($16.50) Link
  • Security Tag ($25.00)  Link

Anyway, all totally cool stuff, for a really important cause.

Thanks to Ken for sharing the photo, and thanks to you all for helping to support the great kids from the Spring of Hope Kenya Orphanage.

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