These are what I will remember from Toys for Joy. I started shooting early in the morning and faces were what my camera was drawn to. The emotion was real. I usually always shoot in color and then convert to Black and White during editing. For some reason I felt as though I needed to view this event in Black and White, so that nothing would distract me from the emotion taking place around me. Here were some of the emotions I witnessed throughout the event.
Relief: As a parent I know the joy of giving something to my son. Their expressions are worth anything in this world. At the event I witnessed relief in the faces of parents who would do anything to make their kids smile. The fact that they had the opportunity to do this through Toys for Joy gave them a feeling of peace during a very stressful time of year. This relief brought smiles to their faces that matched their children’s.
Compassion: The volunteers at this event were amazing. Everyone showed up with a heart to serve, no task was underneath anyone and it showed. It was cold, wet and muddy, but you wouldn’t know that if you just saw the faces of those serving.
Humility: Once again on the faces of those serving. As a volunteer I just wished there was more that I could do for these families.
Joy: Nothing beats the smile of children. I loved catching their faces as they stood in line, some were excited, others were shy. however no child left the event without a smile on their face. What child doesn’t love the chance to go crazy in the rain, and for that reason I understand why God doesn’t need to hold back the rain when Toys for Joy comes to town.
At the end of the day my body definitely let me know I did something, and I couldn’t help but smile.