Snapshot by Christina Capurso picturing Grandpa Ralph Capurso receiving Lindsay Brayda's restoration on his 82nd birthday.
Many registered Sandy families have mistakenly presumed that CARE for Sandy provides prints. We do not, and this makes us a bit sad. We are not a formal not-for-profit and do not have the funding nor resources to do so. Restorations are gifted by CARE for Sandy as digital files. This is where 'you' come in! By offering to send a CARE Package you'll be gifting what CARE for Sandy cannot — be this a single, restored framed print or an entire album of restored prints. More importantly, you'll be helping to preserve treasured memories!
→ You must have e-mail access. We cannot snail mail image cds/dvds/thumbdrives.
→ You must be willing to purchase at least ONE photographic print and frame.
→ You must be willing to pay for postage to a NJ or NY address.
→ You must be willing to make all shipping arrangements. We cannot mail your gift(s) for you.
→ You must agree to otherwise respect 'your' family's privacy, by not distributing or printing their image(s) in any alternate manner, beyond said gift for said family.
You'll be asked for basic contact info plus how you intend to contribute. Next...
As long as you can afford international shipping charges, absolutely!
A single print won't break the piggy, and pretty frames needn't be expensive. We're sure you'll be able to find a frame that fits your budget. Though do be sure you can afford to ship your gift, too. Thus keep the weight and dimensions of your chosen frame (or album) in mind. To keep costs low, we recommend shopping in-store or utilizing a vendor that offers free shipping.
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Yes. We feel it's especially important to prioritize non-internet savvy senior citizens. (When a volunteer phoned one sweet grandma to learn where we might e-mail her restorations, we learned she'd been checking her old-fashioned mailbox every day for restored prints from her mold-ridden wedding album, as she did not understand the concept of "digital files.") Families who have lost their homes or who have endured other extreme hardships will also receive top priority.
Over 4,300 photos, belonging to 150+ families. As of 2/14/14 — 1,000+ images have been restored and are ready for gifting TLC.
A bit of trivia: the restoration process is extremely time-consuming. On average a heavily damaged photo takes at least 10 hours to repair, once selected by a volunteer. Lightly damaged photos? Maybe 5 hours. A severely damaged photo? We could be talking 30-40 hours — apiece. Our luckiest family has thus far received 38 restorations, however some families are still awaiting their first. Furthermore, some families were only able to recover 1-10 photos for scanning and restoring, which makes each photo extraordinarily precious and deserving of a frame.
Restorations often take months to complete, apiece, making ("must-acquire-enough-to-fill-an") album purchases a less pressing need. A couple dozen families currently qualify for albums. Our greatest wishlist items are framed, solo prints.
Considering printing a calendar? A coffee mug? A holiday keepsake ornament? Sure! Though you'll have to track down a vendor yourself.
There are ooooooodles of vendors that can help you create beautiful prints. Some will require you to upload our provided digital files over the internet. Others can be accessed in person. Some offer both. Ask around for recommendations!
Unless otherwise directed, you should submit the file we've sent that ends like this: "_RGB.jpg". (It is actually what is referred to as "sRGB", the color profile of choice for online vendors.)
Honchos like Costco, CVS, Walgreen's and OfficeMax also make prints, as do mainstream cyber services like snapfish and shutterfly. Though quality will probably differ wildly. Family photos are precious. Don't be tempted to let a few ¢ or $ be your sole deciding factor. Remember that old fashioned independent photo labs make digital prints as well, and may be more willing to take greater care, as good service is essential to the survival of this ilk o' dinosaur.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, here are a few blogs that have compared and contrasted a variety of photo printing services. Visit to learn what their authors recommend, and why:
Sky's the limit. Etsy, CB2, yourpictureframes or Michael's, for starters. Umbra even offers FREE prints with most of its frames. And Nordstroms grants FREE shipping and returns, regardless of purchase price. Google works wonders with shopping as well, as you can create a "shopping" search in your zip code for the gift type of your choice based on your budget. Alternately, consider foraging finds from your favorite vintage purveyor to compliment restorations from an earlier era.
We hope to augment this section with additional ideas as well as discounts in coming weeks.
P.S. Why not make a custom frame or album? DIY joy for kids and adults alike!
We hope to fill this section with an assortment of related discounts. Let the vendor know you're assisting a CARE for Sandy family.
How sweet! Sure thing! If you are willing to print, frame and ship your photo(s). Though fill out our CARE Package registration form first, to make sure your budget matches what we think will work best for 'your' family. For instance if an alt donor were to come forward who could afford to print an entire album of wedding photos for 'your' family, or who was willing to buy matching frames for half a dozen, this option might better benefit 'your' family than a solo gift. Our form will ask you to provide the file name(s) for image(s) you might wish to gift.