Friday, October 23rd, 2020

A flurry of new activity and a new Sponsor

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At the time of writing there is a flurry of activity on our forum with many new members joining up this past week. This is largely thanks to NAPP giving us a write-up on their forum, for which we are extremely grateful.

We’re also happy to announce that DigMyPics has entered into a partnership with OPR for our printing needs.

Scott Crossen, co-owner of DigMyPics, had approached us in August to see if his company could offer some assistance. He felt a special kinship to those who have lost their precious memories to a disaster, because three months ago their company suffered a devastating fire that destroyed their building. The worst part is that photos and video film of their customers were in that fire. They were able to recover more than 110,000 photos and many hours of old video film that was thought to be beyond saving. A better description of what they went through is to be found on their blog.

Scott approached his staff to see if they would be willing to help with our backlog, which they were and Julie Hathaway was set up to co-ordinate the restoring and print ordering and DigMyPics would pick up the shipping charge. Unfortunately, we got the news that we would not be receiving any grant money this fall and all plans seemed doomed.

When told of our lack of funding, DigMyPics offered us their full support for our printing needs. They have generously offered to pick up all of printing and shipping for free. This means that we will be able to get restored prints back to their owners.

Scott, your gift to OPR is appreciated beyond what words can describe. Thanks to you, Julie and everyone at DigMyPics.

A big thank you also to Matt Kloskowsi for mentioning us at the recent Photoshop World expo. In case you don’t know, Matt is a best selling author and one of the key players with the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).

Donations are starting to come in , big and small, after our call for help in the previous blog entry. It amazes me to this day the generosity of complete strangers from all over the world. They are always willing to put their hand in their pocket to help those in times of disaster. Many others donate their time, hours on end to help restore photos or are out in the field helping to clean up the affected areas.

It says so much about the spirit of people everywhere and gives our hearts a lift to know how caring this world can be.

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