Saturn Gives Children "Pictures of Hope"

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Saturn is sponsoring Pictures of Hope, a photography project led by an award winning photojournalist that gives children in transitional living programs the opportunity to take photos that reflect their hopes and dreams and are then featured in a set of greeting cards. In October, a number of Saturn retailers across the country will host reveal events where the children, along with their families, will see their photos for the very first time.

During the summer, Saturn and celebrity photojournalist and author Linda Solomon visited six transitional housing organizations that provide support services to women and children who have experienced dire circumstances that have impacted their living situations. Solomon conducted photography workshops at each location and the children learned photo composition and photography techniques. The children were then sent on an assignment with a single-use camera to capture photos of their hopes and dreams. Each child will have one of their photos featured on a Pictures of Hope greeting card.

The project provides financial help to each of the participating organizations. "The images the children captured in the Pictures of Hope program - and the dreams they represent - are truly inspirational," said Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak. "Saturn and our retailers chose to be a part of this program because the local community has always been extremely important to Saturn and our retailers. We think of this opportunity more as giving forward than giving back."

Saturn funded the program which includes providing the finished greeting cards. Each of the participating organizations along with their local Saturn retailer will sell boxes of Pictures of Hope greeting cards with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the organizations where the photography workshops were held.

The Pictures of Hope project enables children to define their dreams and then communicate them through photography. "Now more than ever it is so important to show children in need that their hopes and dreams matter," said photojournalist Linda Solomon. "Through photography the children build self-esteem, reveal what is in their hearts, and express their hopes for a better life."

The first reveal event will take place at Kristi House in Miami, FL while the other five events will take place at Saturn retailers in Houston, Phoenix, Austin, San Antonio and Philadelphia on the following dates:

  • October 2 Saturn of Miami sponsors event at Kristi House in Miami, FL

  • October 6 Saturn of Southwest Freeway to benefit Star of Hope Mission in Houston, TX
  • October 10 Saturn of Scottsdale to benefit Homeward Bound in Phoenix, AZ
  • October 22 Saturn of Austin to benefit Posada Esperanza in Austin, TX
  • October 23 Saturn of San Antonio NE to benefit SAMMinistries
  • October 27 Saturn of Philadelphia to benefit the Drueding Center/ Project Rainbow in Philadelphia, PA

Source: Saturn

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