Consider this story as a unique way of giving back to members of the community who are going through a particularly difficult time. It's about two women who have partnered with Hospice to give sick and terminally ill children a lasting portrait.
Operation Tender Heart was founded by two tender hearts.
Bambi Brady and Julie Means wanted to give back to the community and so they chose the one thing they know best - photographs.
"We're trying to capture the intimacy between the parent and the child," says Julie, co-founder of Operation Tender Heart.
The owners of The Galleria partnered with Hospice to take pictures of families whose children are sick or terminally ill, at no cost to the family.
As a home nurse for Hospice says, the photos capture a really difficult time for these families, yet somehow it's also a pick–me–up.
For Bambi and Julie, they say it's one of the most difficult things they do, but it's also the most rewarding.
"If we can give back this family the feeling that they have in holding their child and touching their child, then it’s going to mean more to them than anything monetary that anyone could give to them," says Bambi, co-founder of Operation Tender Heart.
Not only do the women of The Galleria provide families with free photographs and the copyrights to the pictures to be reused however they want, but Julie and Bambi also do fundraising to help offset some of the families' medical expenses.
As Bambi says, “We are wanting to give them more through our fundraising and through our funding to be able to help them in more ways than portraits.”
For Hospice, they say these photographs are a gift to the families.
For the photographers, “This is not a one-day need,” says Bambi. “This is an ongoing emotional journey that we’ve taken because we want help for their families and we want them to know they’re not alone.”
The women of Operation Tender Heart say they are running low on funds to continue helping the families they meet through Hospice.
One way they hope to raise money for their organization is through an upcoming golf tournament. Here are the details:
Operation Tender Heart Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Arapahoe Springs Golf Course
Friday, Sept. 25
8 a.m. shotgun start
1 p.m. luncheon
$75.00 per person – includes golf & cart
All proceeds benefit families with Operation Tender Heart
For more information:
Bambi Brady: 970-210-9099
Julie Means: 970-250-0865