Christmas card photos illustrate hopes of homeless children in El Paso

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 12:58am

Christmas is just around the corner, and as many people start making their Christmas card list, a local organization is hoping they will consider a special set of cards decorated with photos taken by homeless children in El Paso.

The project is called, "Pictures of Hope," and benefits the Reynolds Home in El Paso's Lower Valley.  The homeless shelter has helped women and their families get back on their feet.  Proceeds from the sale of the Pictures of Hope Christmas cards will benefit the shelter's expansion.

"There was a big focus on their dreams. It's not very often when a family is homeless that we even pay attention to kids dreams,' said Dorothy Truax, Director of the Reynolds Home.

Many of the children hope for the simplest things:

"My hope is to have billions of candy." Gabriel, Age 8.

However, they also hope for their families and for their future:

"My dream is for my mom to have everything." Karen, Age 11.

"My dream is to be a great athlete." Edwin, Age 8.

Linda Solomon, a renowned photojournalist, founded the program six years ago.  She trained the children from the Reynolds Home to use the camera and take good photos. She said the photos from the kids in El Paso are the best she has seen.

"Each photograph shares something from the heart. We learn that the simplest wishes for a home, for love are the most important wishes of all," Solomon said.

She said El Pasoans should be proud of the children who have learned life lessons, such as not taking things for granted.

The card with 11-year-old Daniela Garcia's photo shows an apartment complex.  "I took this picture because when I live in the shelter, the only thing I think of is my mother having a big house," she said.

When asked what she learned from the project. 11-year-old Lizbeth Aispuro responded, "To hope and your dreams will come true."

The pack of 15 Pictures of Hope Christmas cards can be purchased at Rudolph Chevrolet located at 5625 S. Desert Blvd.




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