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  • Celeste Smith

Photographer In Meridian Donates Meals To Local Healthcare Workers

In Meridian, a local photographer delivered meals to healthcare workers at both hospitals in the city, thanking them for their efforts during this pandemic.

In the month of April, photographer Heather Ryder was able to donate more than 200 meals to feed night shift workers at Anderson Regional Medical Center and Rush Foundation Hospital.

Heather was able to gift these meals thanks to a nationwide movement that she and other photographers are participating in --called the “Front Steps Project”, which encourages families to donate money in exchange for a professional family photo taken on the front steps of their home.

Since learning about the movement in late March, Heather has been able to photograph more than forty families that have donated.

“It’s something that would allow me to continue to do something that I love doing, you know, which is taking photos, but it could be something that I could do that would bring happiness to other people and families during this time, because when all of this hit so many people were scared so I thought it would be kind of a neat way to capture this whole, that we were going through, you know, by taking the photo, and the front steps of people’s homes”, said Heather Ryder, local photographer.

She also shares, that the families that donate are thankful for the opportunity to give back to their community during this challenging time.

“I mean, its been amazing. People want to be a part of it, I think they like feeling –just like me, they like doing what they’re doing. Something may be small, but collectively when a bunch of them come together it turns into something big and it can turn into something big to make other people happy”, said Ryder.

While participating in the “Front Steps Project”, Heather Ryder has been able to raise one $1,000 for the “Feed the Fight Initiative”, which funds food delivery from local restaurants to nearby healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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