Would you like to make a Sandy survivor's day? Why not send a CARE Package! Purchase and ship restored print(s), frame(s) or album(s) for one or more families. Click here to register. Read on to learn more.


Snapshot by Christina Capurso picturing Grandpa Ralph Capurso receiving Lindsay Brayda's restoration on his 82nd birthday.


Describe your CARE Packages program.

Many registered Sandy families have mistakenly presumed that CARE for Sandy provides prints. We do not, and this makes us sad. We are not a formal 501(c)(3not-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!


Are there any participation requirements?

→ 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. 
 

I'm ready to send a CARE Package! What are the basic how-to steps?

Click here to register. 

You'll be asked for basic contact info plus how you intend to contribute. Next...

  1. A volunteer will contact you to arrange a "family adoption". We'll coordinate to make sure you have the details you'll need (e.g. image dimensions and maximum printable size).
  2. You'll be asked to confirm what you are willing to gift.
  3. Sized, high-res image downloads + 'your' family's name/mailing address will be provided.
  4. Purchase your print(s) and frame(s) or album.
  5. Ship your gift to 'your' family!
Frame and album courtesy of À la Carte Album for JoHanna Cummings of Staten Island.

I live outside of the United States. Will I be able to help?

As long as you can afford international shipping charges, absolutely! 


I have a limited budget. Will I be able to help?

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.

Sample Investment #1: 

  • 5x7" KVILL or Ribba Frame rom the Ikea  = $1.99 - 4.99
  • 5x7" photographic print from Office Max = .69 cents
  • Shipment of frame to your home or office = FREE in-store pick-up
  • Flat rate USPS Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box (8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8") = $5.80
TOTAL INVESTMENT = $8.48 - 11.48+ tax

Sample Investment #2: 

  • Target 5x7" Nate Berkus Folio Decorative Frame = $6.48 (was $12.99)
  • 5x7" photographic print from Office Max = .69 cents
  • Shipment of frame to your home or office = FREE in-store pick-up
  • Flat rate USPS Priority Mail padded envelope (12-1/2" x 9-1/2" ) = $5.95
 TOTAL INVESTMENT= $13.12+ tax 
 

       

Sample Investment #3: 

  • 8x10" vintage frame from the Brooklyn Flea or stoop sale  = $10.00
  • 8x10" photographic print from Office Max = 1.99 cents
  • Shipment of frame to your home or office = FREE flea pick-up
  • Flat rate USPS Priority Mail padded envelope (12-1/2" x 9-1/2" ) = $5.95
 TOTAL INVESTMENT = $17.90+ tax


Will certain CARE Package families be prioritized?

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.


How many images/families are there?

Over 4,300 photos, belonging to 150+ families. As of July 2014 — 1,215+ images have been restored and are ready for gifting TLC.


Why can't I just purchase and send a bunch of prints to a family? Wouldn't that be cheaper and easier than framing?

A bit of trivia: the restoration process is extremely time-consuming. On average a moderately damaged photo takes at least 10 hours to repair. Lightly damaged photos? Maybe 5 hours. A severely damaged photo? We could be talking 30-40 hours — apiece. Our most fortunate family has received 50 restorations, however most will be lucky to receive 10 or so, plus 5 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. 


What are your greatest wishlist items?

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. 


What about alternate photo 'gifts'?

Considering printing a calendar? A coffee mug? A holiday keepsake ornament? Sure! Though you'll have to track down a vendor yourself.


Where can I purchase photographic prints?

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!

If you want to visit a local vendor in person, place your images on a CD/DVD or inexpensive portable usb flash drive (like this one or this one or this one). 

Unless otherwise directed, you should submit the file we've sent that ends like this: "_RGB.jpg". (Some online vendors may request "sRGB", but "RGB" should work fine.)

Honchos like CostcoCVSWalgreen's and OfficeMax also make prints, as do mainstream cyber services like snapfish and shutterfly. Though quality and color variations 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:


Any other ideas on where to shop for frames and albums?

Sky's the limit. Etsy, CB2, Aaron Brothersyourpictureframes, Victorian Frame Company, Nations Photo Lab or Michael's, for starters. Nordstroms even 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.

P.S. Why not make a custom frame or album? DIY joy for kids and adults alike!


Discounts

We hope to fill this section with an assortment of related discounts for CARE Package donors (and Sandy survivors). Let the vendor know you're assisting a CARE for Sandy family.

  1. À la Carte Albums ||| 50% off album design and 30% off professional flush & matted albums.

Can I request to help a family in a particular area?

If an image(s) are ready from an area of your choosing, certainly. Our families hail from the following, which can also be explored by the identifying the YELLOW markers on our custom Google map. Use the +/- buttons to zoom in and out.
 
  1. Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 
  2. Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
  3. Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY 
  4. Mill Basin, Brooklyn, NY
  5. Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
  6. Seagate, Brooklyn, NY
  7. Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
  8. Longbeach, NY
  9. Babylon, Long Island, NY
  10. Baldwin Harbor, Long Island, NY
  11. Bayville, Long Island, NY
  12. Bellmore, Long Island, NY
  13. Brentwood, Long Island, NY
  14. Cedarhurst, Long Island, NY
  15. Freeport, Long Island, NY
  16. Hicksville, Long Island, N
  17. Inwood, Long Island, NY
  18. Island Park. Long Island, NY
  19. Lindenhurst, Long Island, NY
  20. Massapequa, Long Island
  21. Mastic Beach, Long Island, NY
  22. Merrick, Long Island, NY
  23. Oceanside, Long Island, NY
  24. Seaford, Long Island, NY
  25. Wantagh, Long Island, NY
  26. Woodmere, Long Island, NY
  27. Arverne, Queens, NY
  28. Atlantic Beach, Queens, NY
  29. Belle Harbor, Queens, NY
  30. Breezy Point, Queens, NY
  31. Far Rockaway, Queens, NY
  32. Island Park, Queens, NY
  33. Jamaica Bay, Queens, NY
  34. Neponsit, Queens, NY
  35. Rockaway Park, Queens, NY
  36. Arden Heights, Staten Island, NY
  37. Arrochar, Staten Island, NY
  38. Great Kills, Staten Island, NY
  39. Midland Beach, Staten Island, NY
  40. Old Bridge Township, NJ
  41. Sayreville, NJ
  42. South Amboy, NJ
  43. South River, NJ


I'm a restoration volunteer. Can I assist a family I've restored a photo for?

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.


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