Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Giving Back :: Pillows-of-Love 2011 Derby

Clouds and raindrops could not stop another Pillows-of-Love Pillowcase Derby~ each year the weather seems to pose a bit of a challenge, and with all the rain the Northeast has been having the past few weeks/months, prayers were answered when the rain held off just until the end of this fun event :-) The derby was held at the Milton Hershey School grounds on May 1, 2011 and it was great to see such a wonderful turn out of kids and their families.

The Pillows-of-Love ministry is beginning it's 8th year~ founder Kimberlee Jerrehian had a vision that developed into a non-profit organization which now provides beautiful pillowcases and Bibles to women and children who are displaced, in a recovery shelter, a pregnancy center, or an international orphanage. Each pillowcase is handcrafted by a caring volunteer and embellished with the message of Psalm 4:8~ "The Lord will give you sleep, peace and a safe place to dwell." A gift of The New Testament or a children's book about Jesus is included with each domestic pillowcase.

The derby is held each year to raise money for materials and distribution of pillowcases & Bibles. Children hop, skip, walk or run around the track and earn punches on their card. Donated prizes such as stuffed animals, gift cards and items from local businesses were given away to participants throughout the event. Kimberlee created five beautiful quilts to be raffled off at the event. Face painting, balloon creations, paper making, and a cake walk were all part of the festivities.

More on the story behind the ministry can be found here:
as well as images from previous years, and more images from the 2011 event will be added soon.

Please note that all images here are copyright protected and may not be copied or downloaded without permission. You are welcome to bookmark this page, or email me for information on purchasing images. All proceeds from image purchases from this event are given to Pillows-of-Love ministry.

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Giving Back~ Organizations supported by Circle of Life Photography

In giving back, Circle of Life Photography's main goal is to help those experiencing extreme poverty and nourishing them with food, shelter and spiritual guidance. Education is a big part of helping people learn how to help themselves and change the downward spiral of poverty for a better future for themselves and their children. Locally, a more tangible way of giving back is through using my photography gifts to serve others who are experiencing crisis (see NILMDTS and Pillows of Love.)

Compassion International~ Haiti's Child Survival Project

In 2011-12, Circle of Life Photography makes a monthly $30 donation to the non-profit organization, Compassion International, whose goal is to change Haiti through the rescue, nuture and discipling of children during the critical early childhood years.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) gently provides a helping hand and a healing heart for families overcome by the grief and pain of the death of their newborn or infant. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. The soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives. I am an active NILMDTS volunteer photographer for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Lancaster Women & Babies Hospital.

Joni & Friends Family Retreat

I am honored to be a volunteer photographer at the Joni & Friends Family Retreat in the Poconos (Spruce Lake Retreat) for a week each summer (click here for past blog post.) Joni & Friends seeks to serve as a ministry of outreach to people with disabilities and their families across the US and around the world. Families from around the country attend Family Retreats seeking relaxation, encouragement and a time to strengthen their family.