As a photographer I feel very strongly about giving back of the talents I have been given. Two years ago I chose two charities that really pulled at my heart strings. One being Operation: Love Reunited and the other being Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. Please, when you have time to really sit down and check these charities out, do so. You will be touched! I had no “personal story” to link me to either of these charities, but I do have a heart that goes out to families in both of these situations.
I am a very passionate person and when I hear of a family like this one, sending their Daddy, their Friend, their Husband off to war, my heart just aches. I can’t even begin to imagine all of the thoughts and emotions they experience. THIS is why I chose OpLove as one of the main charities I donate my time & talents to. We donate a free session for deploying, depolyed and returning military families. In pre-deployment situations like this one, once the soldier arrives at his/her base, the solider or his/her family contacts me with the mailing address and I send a 4×6 album overseas to the soldier, free of charge. This is a way to try to to make them feel closer to home…. a little boost…a way to have a piece of home there with them. I hope in some way, having these photos will help the families feel closer to their soldier & the soldier closer to their families. It’s my way of saying, “THANK YOU for your service to Our Country!”
My words often fail me (as you can see) but I pray that my art & my heart never do!
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for your service!!!
Much ♥ and respect ~ Julie MayRee
“The photos and other content of this publication do not constitute or imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense.”