America truly is a land of opportunity, and every child born here has many advantages that kids in other parts of the world will never have. But through no fault of their own, many of them will struggle to get a good start in life because of family problems, poor economic conditions or some other headwind they will have to face as they make their way through childhood and adolescence and become young adults.
Far too many youngsters these days have no direction or ambition in life. They live from day to day playing video games or hanging out in the streets instead of enjoying a hobby or working towards a successful future.
It is our belief that at least some of these kids could gain a better foothold on life, and ultimately become proud, productive citizens of our great nation if they were given the encouragement and means to do something constructive with their free time. I also believe that some of these kids could become the next generation of photographers if they only had a camera to get started with.
If you’re like me, you probably remember getting your very first camera. You excitedly opened up the box, took it out, and began a life-long love of taking pictures and creating memories. And possibly even creating a career. I know that in my community there are a number of children who would love to have a camera of their own, but their parents simply cannot afford to buy them one. I also know that it’s the same way in countless other communities across the country. That’s why we have decided to start a program called Cameras for Kids.
My vision for the Cameras for Kids program is to try to get as many of our good used, but no longer needed cameras and equipment into the hands of needy children as possible. We hear all the time how important it is to recycle used electronic devices instead of throwing them away, and I can think of no better way of “recycling” used cameras than getting them into the hands of appreciative kids.
This is not intended to be a money-making endeavor. On the contrary, it will probably end up costing us a fair amount to find the kids who will appreciate and put this donated equipment to good use and then ship or deliver the items to them. But that’s ok. It’s the end result that counts.
If you agree that this is a worthy endeavor, we would love to have your help. If you have a working, but no longer used digital camera lying around the house, I hope you’ll consider donating it to the Cameras for Kids program. Every camera we receive will be thoroughly checked, cleaned and distributed to a child who has expressed an interest in photography on some level.
It matters not whether each and every kid that receives a camera through this program ends up becoming a serious photographer or not. What matters is that some will. And perhaps some will choose a better path in life due to your generosity.
Yes, you can always recycle that old digicam or banged-up DSLR. You might even throw it away or sell it on eBay for a few bucks. But I believe that donating it to a thankful child will bring you a much better return on your efforts. It probably won’t change your life, but it just might change a child’s.
Here are a few of the used items we hope to donate:
- Used Point and Shoot Digital Cameras and DSLRs
- Lenses, filters and other accessories
- Photography books and magazines
- Memory cards and card readers
- Anything else that you no longer need but that could help a kid enjoy getting started with photography
Any and all donations will be gladly accepted. Simply box them up and send them to us at:
Cameras For Kids
c/o Rick Rouse
PO Box 1024
Abingdon, VA 24212
Thanks so much!