Updated: Feb 9
When I first launched my first senior rep program last year, it was important to me for it to be more than just about the photos. Sure, we always kill the editorial shoots, but I want this team of seniors to be seen as role models in the community. I want them to see that beauty isn't just what's on the outside, it's what's on the inside, too
Last year, we linked our mission to schools and partnered with Extreme Family Outreach in Joppa, MD to stuff lunchboxes full of goodies for elementary schools in the area. Earlier this year, we partnered with Volunteen and ran a giveaway on Instagram where we were able to donate $250. I loved the initiative, but I felt like the giveaway didn't allow the team to really get involved. And after all, that's my goal in these initiatives.
So last month, I reached out to some of the seniors on the team to see what organizations are close to their hearts in the area, and one of my reps from North Harford High School suggested partnering with Luna's House - a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of animals and their people. Luna’s House is located right here in Harford County in Edgewood and thrives on working with individuals and with other organizations in the local and regional community to promote widespread humane education and respect for animals.
I immediately thought that it would be so cute to plan a whole shoot around the idea, featuring some of the animals currently at the shelter. And what better holiday than Valentine's Day, than to ask our community to "BE MINE"?
So how are we turning this adorable Valentine's Day Editorial Shoot into an opportunity to give back? Well it's simple.... Does your school do Candy Grams each year? My daughter's elementary school does something called "Smencil Grams" where kids can purchase smelly pencils to send to their friends! Well since we're not in school, I decided to take things digital. And while we're spreading love, why not do some GOOD, too.
This year, DOP is selling "Giving Grams"!
How Does it work? It's simple!
Purchase a sheet of digital Valentine's for $5 (to purchase via Venmo CLICK HERE or to purchase via PayPal CLICK HERE). Each sheet contains 3 different Valentine designs (shown below). It costs $5 to feed an animal each day at Luna's house, so your purchase will do just that!
Desiree will send you a sheet of digital Valentine's (via email or text based on the note you include with your purchase)
Crop the file on your phone and send as many as you'd like to your friends
ALL OF THE PROCEEDS FROM YOUR $5 PURCHASE WILL BE DONATED TO LUNA'S HOUSE
Desiree will match up to $250 in donations!
There's really no cuter way than to tell your Valentine that you think they're PAW-SOME this year :-).
And for a peek of our editorial shoot that we shot outside at Luna's House, keep scrolling... I mean how cute are these furry friends??