NASHVILLE, TN– November 12, 2009–Continuing to fight for the staggering number of orphans worldwide, Show Hope has partnered for the fourth year in a row with Worldwide Photography, an organization that provides Santa photos during the holiday season in shopping malls across America. Starting last week on November 5th and going through the Christmas season, 215 malls nationwide will kick off the program “A Family For Christmas,” which will offer families who purchase photos with Santa the option to donate $1 or more to support the adoption and orphan cause. All proceeds will go to Show Hope’s Adoption Aid Grant program.
Each family who donates to the program will also receive a free download of Steven Curtis Chapman’s heartfelt Christmas song, “All I Really Want For Christmas,” as well as a personalized letter from Santa. In addition, further information will be provided about adoption and how families can make a difference in their community and in the world.
In its first three years, the mall Santa photo promotion has raised more than $186,000, with all proceeds going to Show Hope. Show Hope is the sole charity of choice by Worldwide Photography and its alliance members IPI, Inc., and SEPIA Photo Promotions.
“The greatest gift that Santa can give a child is the gift of a ‘forever’ family,” states Jeffry Angelo, Senior Partner, Worldwide Photography. “As the adoptive parent of a Russian orphan I have seen firsthand the difference that is made in the life of a orphaned child when you wrap them in your arms. Our Worldwide Photography family of more than 2,000 employees embrace Show Hope and the great work they do enabling families to adopt…really, it is the best feeling in the world to save the heart of a child! We are blessed to play a small roll in this effort.”
Since it began in 2006, this Santa photo promotion has been a unique opportunity to educate people regarding the plight of orphans globally and locally, in addition to raising support for families who are not financially able to adopt children. With the funds raised, financial grants are then distributed to adoptive families. There is hope that many children will be received into forever families!
“Each year as we prepare to roll out our program with Show Hope, I eagerly anticipate the ‘little miracles’ that occur daily at Santa sets across the country,” states Alex Allen, VP-COO for Worldwide Photography. “And yet nothing prepares me for the joy or emotional impact experienced through a forever family connection. Incredible!…is the only way I can describe the feeling that comes when you participate as a vehicle for God’s love that makes a difference for others, especially orphans. I am always awestruck by the impact made by the silent heroes at the Santa sets who help promote the program or quietly donate that dollar, that ultimately unites an orphan with a loving family.”
–Courtesy of Vining Public Relations