Local photographers come together to raise money for food pantry

Published: Dec. 13, 2019 at 5:42 PM EST
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The holiday season can be hard on your wallet and many families require assistance to get through this time of year.

Thankful Hearts Food Pantry in Pike County aims to fill that need.

However, they also struggle to keep the doors open.

"Our food pantry, we struggle from week to week," said Trissia.

Each year, the pantry provides thousands of dollars worth of food and supplies to Eastern Kentucky.

"We see around 500 families come every Friday. We have a senior program, commodity program, emergency food, summer feeding program," explained Trissia.

This is not taking into consideration the utility bills for the pantry.

"We have power bills, light bills, truck insurance to keep the truck on the road," Trissia pointed out.

Other small business owners in Pikeville noticed the struggle and wanted to help.

"She just doesn't stop so I don't think we should stop trying to help her," said Jessica Scott.

Jessica and Miranda have their separate photography businesses and share a studio located downtown Pikeville. It is called Studio on Second.

It only takes one second. The present becomes the past and memories are forgotten.

"Photography is important because one day, that's all you're going to have to look back on," said Miranda Collins.

Miranda and Jessica wanted to find a way to not only help the food pantry but also highlight other small businesses.

"We went around and talked to tons of people. We messaged them. We tried to talk to anybody we knew who owned a business," Jessica recalled.

The duo decided to hold a raffle for a gift basket filled with around $1,000 worth of items from other local businesses.

"We chose to highlight these other businesses because we believe in community over competition," Miranda explained. "No businesses hesitated when we told them what it was for."

Single entries are $5

Five enteries are $15.

500 entries are $100.

All of the proceeds from this basket will be donated to Thankful Hearts Food Pantry.

You can click

to enter to win the basket.

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