Who is eligible to request CARE for Sandy photo restoration assistance?
Anyone whose photographic prints have been damaged by flood waters, fire or general destruction caused by hurricane Sandy.
Sandy-afflicted folks and DAMAGED images only, please. No opportunistic Pinnochios!
Are CARE for Sandy digital photo restorations FREE?
YES. All *scanning, retouching services and digital files are being offered to Sandy victims completely FREE of charge for those who have read and agreed to abide by CARE for Sandy's Submission Rules.
We'll be offering each individual or immediate family an opportunity to submit up to 25 images for digital restoration, whether submitted at a CARE Scanning Event* or other means, so that as many families as possible benefit.
We do hope you'll have the grace and tact to prioritize. Are those 12 whatchamacalits snapped on 1999’s road trip as important as one image of the best birthday ever? Maybe! But...
Remember that a single digital restoration may take hours, days or even weeks to fulfill. Moreover, please remember that many others Sandy victims are hoping to be helped. Submitting a modest array of truly meaningful images will ensure that CARE for Sandy is able to spread lots and lots of photo TLC to as many people as possible.
*UPDATE: Some families have attended multiple events. You MAY attend multiple events and submit new photos as long as your sum total does not surpass 25 images (!!!) "25 scans per individual per on-premise event" does not translate as "Submit 25 images at multiple events as often as you like." Thank you!
Realize that severely damaged photos would normally cost hundreds of dollars to repair. You may find low-cost restoration alternatives online, but as the saying goes, "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is." i.e. results will likely be amateurish. Most families will not have the means to pay for additional restorations, but we can certainly extend recommendations if wished, especially if images are lightly vs heavily damaged.
YES. Photos must be loose (no clumpbed stacks), reasonably clean (no caked debris), removed from albums/sleeves/frames and completely dry. Wet photos cannot be scanned. Visit our Salvaging Tips page or contact our "How to Save Your Floodwater Damaged Photos" pro.
CARE Scanning Events may take weeks if not months to arrange, as we realize that issues such as "Where am I going to live from now on?" are currently far more important. However we do recommend that you inquire as soon as possible while volunteer strength is 'hot'.
As off 11/10/12 CARE for Sandy plans to keep this site and its services running for a minimum of one year.
I have damaged slides and negatives as well. Can you help me fix these?
NO. (Big hug.) Sorry! CARE for Sandy suggests having your slides and negatives examined by someone who specializes in transparencies. CONTACT us for recommendations.
Neither CARE for Sandy nor it's current roster of friends nor sponsors are equipped to repair your damaged tapes, but you'll find a great set of how-to-save tips right here.
Please visit How to Submit Photos for detailed instructions on how to submit. Visit Post-Submission FAQ for additional helpful Q&As. Read our Events FAQ for specific info on what to expect from a CARE Scanning Event.