Carthage Save Your Photos Day preserves nearly 1000 family photographs for area residents

National Disaster Photo Rescue succeeded in protecting and preserving over 930 invaluable family photographs for residents of their hometown during the Carthage Save Your Photos Day on Saturday, April 25th.

Volunteers with NDPR carefully scanned treasured photographs using state of the art equipment donated by Kodak Alaris and EZ Photo Scan and secured the digital images onto DVD discs in efforts to safeguard memories in the event of disaster. The service and supplies were offered at no cost to participants.

Carthage Save Your Photos Day volunteer and board member Carol prepares images for scanningCarol is registering a Carthage resident for digital photo preservation.

Posted by National Disaster Photo Rescue on Saturday, April 25, 2015

On September 27th of last year, National Disaster Photo Rescue along with Save Your Photos Alliance joined the list of 64 events in 4 countries saving 24,000+ photos for Joplin residents at their first Save Your Photos Day event.

Also attending Carthage Save Your Photos Day, French Journalist Anne Pineau and photographer interviewed volunteers as well as Joplin tornado survivors who were reunited with their personal photos through NDPR as a part of the Lost Photos of Joplin project. Stories from Pineau’s tour through Middle America will be found in the publication Terra Eco.

A French journalist and photographer are visiting NDPR today and speaking with some disaster survivors and those interested in preserving photos at Save Your Photos Day.

Posted by National Disaster Photo Rescue on Saturday, April 25, 2015

Joplin residents will have another opportunity to claim photos and view those which remain unclaimed at the upcoming reunification event on May 16th from 10am to 2pm at the Joplin Museum Complex. Images can still be viewed on the Lost Photos of Joplin Facebook page.

In addition to over 17,000 photos, we also have collected a number of yearbooks and other artifacts. I’ll name some…

Posted by Lost Photos of Joplin, MO Tornado on Thursday, April 9, 2015

For more information call 417-358-8161.

“Returning Lost Memories Worth a Thousand Words”…

A vintage photo returned to the family that lost it in the 2011 Joplin tornadoMemories are “the ability of the mind to store and recall past sensations, thoughts, knowledge”-Collins Dictionary.

How can you put a value on such a personal emotion? National Disaster Photo Rescue (NDPR) believes the value is priceless. For the past three years, National Disaster Photo Rescue has been reconnecting the memories of life directly back to those affected in natural disasters. We have walked the journey with hundreds of families. Our volunteers and volunteer staff have been reconnecting lost family photographs with the families who have the memories, free of charge. These photographs, lost during natural disaster, are important documents of life.

It is amazing the stories we hear of how one reunited photograph brought joy and healing in a time of need.

Photographs are the connection to our past. They transcend a single sense. Photographs truly transport us into that moment. We feel the emotions, hear the sounds, smell the food. We re-experience life. NDPR experiences these senses and emotions along side families. Family ‘Reunification’ is what NDPR does and does well. Reunification would have never been possible without help.

NDPR could not claim success without so many to walk with us as we walked with families in need. Operation Photo Rescue (OPR) is a group that we are so grateful for. Take some time, especially if you are into photo restoration, to visit their website OperationPhotoRescue.org.

There are countless churches, municipalities, businesses and business leaders who have helped us and given us the opportunity to help others. Recently, we have found great friends within the Association of Professional Photo Organizers (APPO). As we build one success upon another we continue to build relationships in communities and organizations.

Currently we are engaged in ‘Lost Photo Projects’ in Baxter Springs , KS, also Quapaw, OK, as well as Mayflower/Vilonia, AR . There are no shortage of natural disasters, so we can always use help. If you would like to help us in your area in the event of a disaster please register on our website at NationalDisasterPhotoRescue.org. Monetary gifts are tax deductible.

We would love to hear from you. Please post a comment to spread the Good News that there is hope and there is hope through our God. Our continuing mission at National Disaster Photo Rescue is “returning lost memories worth a thousand words”.

Thad Beeler- NDPR Outreach Director
May 22, 2014