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Homeless children at a Salvation Army center take “Pictures of Hope”

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James hugs a tiny tabby kitten at the San Diego Humane Society

Finally, I get to blog about two of my favorite things; 1) the wonderful programs of The Salvation Army, and 2) kittens!

Here’s how the two come together. Linda Solomon is a nationally recognized photojournalist who started a program a few years back called Pictures of Hope.

Through her program, homeless kids are taught the fundamentals of photography and then sent out to take pictures of their “hopes and dreams.”

“Through photography children share their heartfelt feelings,” said Linda. “Their hopes and dreams captured in quiet moments tell a story that few adults can imagine. When you show children that you care about what they wish for in life, perhaps a child, who never felt he or she had worth, now will.”

James, pictured at left and in the slideshow below, lives with his family at the transitional living center at The Salvation Army’s Door of Hope in San Diego. One day he wants to have a career helping animals, particularly kittens. He has a few more years to dream and plan, but recently got an opportunity to make baby steps toward his goal.

Last week James participated in Pictures of Hope. First he went to Linda’s photography class and then to the San Diego Humane Society to help feed the kittens getting ready for adoption and take their photos.

Oh behalf of James and all the other boys and girls who got to capture photos of their hopes and dreams, thank you Linda Solomon and your generous corporate sponsor, Chevrolet.

Thank you for helping show these kids that God has a wonderful plan for their lives.

:: To read more about how Pictures of Hope changed life for a girl named Brittnie, please click here.

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