Since I started my company, nearly 3 years ago, I knew one thing. I was only going to do this if I could give a little something back to the community. So from day 1 5% of print sales have gone to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. CHOA means a lot to us. We spent nearly a week there with Katherine, when she was only a tiny 1 week old baby. They took such great care of us – and we were blessed to have insurance and good healthcare and it was covered. CHOA does not ask about payment – they treat everyone first. They help kids, it is what they do. So I am proud that I have given to them for the last few years.
Through a chance meeting, I recently got to photograph the CEO of Street Grace, a non-profit in Atlanta. Street Grace is a faith-based organization leading churches, community organizations and individual volunteers on a comprehensive path to end domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) in Metro Atlanta and throughout the United States. This is not an easy topic to talk about or hear about … I admit when our church first started to get involved with the Out of Darkness mission (a group also focused on ending trafficking), I did not feel it was one I wanted to be apart of – it was uncomfortable. However things started to happen. I heard uplifting success stories at church, I was asked to photograph Cheryl the CEO of Street Grace, I helped with a story on the topic for a neighborhood magazine… the topic just started to be one that was on my heart. When I would end an email with ‘stay warm out there!’ during our cold spells, I would then think of girls that perhaps were not given that option. That were out there, forced to be out there. It still is a topic that is hard to talk about – it is a topic I need to learn more about … but I know I can at least do a little something.
I am proud to announce that for 2014, Street Grace will be Amerine Photography’s designated charity. It is not much, but it is something – and maybe sharing this will guide someone else to start considering supporting this mission.
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