Some homeless children are getting fresh hope for a better life through a camera lens.
Celebrity photojournalist Linda Solomon received a grant for Pictures of Hope through Chevrolet to provide homeless children cameras. Their task is to capture via picture their hopes and dreams for the future.
Fifteen children at Sheffield Place, a Kansas City treatment and transitional living center for homeless mothers and their children, were given the cameras.
The children's hopes were simple. They want their own bed in their own home. They want friends and people not to make fun of them. They want to play sports. They aren't dreaming of iPods, iPads or video games.
Josie, 11, and her family have fallen on hard times and are living at the shelter. She excitedly snapped pictures and enjoyed seeing them.
"Seeing my goals and seeing my hopes, it might make me have more courage with myself," Josie said.
The photographs will be made into holiday greeting cards for Sheffield Place. Officials said that 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale will go to raise funds for the agency.
Solomon said the project helps the children build their self-esteem especially as they know people throughout Kansas City will hold their card at the holidays.
"It's showing you that your dreams matter," she said. "That's the most important thing."
One San Diego girl's dream was to be the first in her family to go to college. Her card landed in the hands of San Diego State University's president who offered her a full scholarship, Solomon said.
About 3,000 homeless people currently live in Jackson, Wyandotte and Johnson counties.
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