It’s the season of giving, and a local student is leading a group of volunteers who are giving a special gift at Christmas.
“I already had a passion for photography, so it was meant to be, because there was a need in my community for the project,” says Jeremiah Drummond. “And then I filled the need.”
Drummond is a Dorman High School senior, student body president and avid photographer. His volunteer group is doing a service project at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, helping create smiles and memories.
Drummond says, “This came about over the summer when I was spending a week at the Riley Institute at Furman. Our main goal was to incorporate something we had a need for in our community.”
The need Drummond discovered was to capture memories in Christmas photographs for soup kitchen clients and their families to share.
“People have told me they haven’t had a picture in years or have never had a picture,” says Lou Sartor, the soup kitchen’s director.
“After they get their meal, or before, they come right here and they take their picture,” explains Drummond. “Then it takes two to four minutes to actually get the picture printed, and then we put it in a frames for them, and they can go home with a nice family portrait.”
Think about your family’s Christmas photos and what they mean to you. You’ll understand why these pictures are priceless.
Melanie Floyd was one of the soup kitchen guests to receive a photograph. “I think that’s wonderful to get a picture.”
Titania Jones got a picture too. “I’m very grateful that we got to take pictures because funds are low right now, and this is a blessing to me and my family, so I thank God for it.”
Sartor says giving soup kitchen guests a Christmas picture to pass down to their families is “the most wonderful gift they could ever have.”