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Jersey Shore Trek for Homelessness

$750 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 19 people in 4 months
As a local NJ photographer, I'll be challenging myself to a 50 mile hike, up the bottom of the Jersey shore, from Cape May to Brigantine in APRIL 15th - 18th.  I will be dropped off in Cape May with only  a backpack and my camera for the trek.  The goal is to take as many photos as possible while exploring these beautiful counties.  

After reflecting on a recent article I read about the increase of the homeless population in Cape May, and this county's lack of a single homeless shelter, I decided to make my trip two fold, by trying to raise money for this underserved population.   

I figure that since I am able to traipse through these beautiful places, the least I can do is give back something to it's residents, especially the ones without homes.  

**Any generous person able to donate $50 or more will receive a matted 5 x 7 photograph from the trip.  You will be able to choose from top photos available on my website www.TPhotos.co after the trip is completed.  

Make sure your info is shown so that I can communicate with you after the trip. 

Feel free to follow me on social media or sign up for email alerts on my website, to  get updates on this exciting venture! 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TPhotosco
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/tphotosboutique/

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100% of donations will go straight to Family Promise of Cape May, a non profit organization that helps homeless families find shelter, and provide other transitional services as well. 

https://www.familypromisecmc.org/

https://www.facebook.com/FamilyPromiseofCapeMayCounty/
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RECAP:

On Sunday April 14th, my husband dropped me off in Cape May, with my camera and an 11-pound backpack. I was set to leave at sunrise the next morning with old-school printed map directions in hand. I had meticulously planned out my course for the hike, with varied daily mileages based on the location of my gracious hosts along the way. Each day demanded between 10-15 miles of walking, which might not sound like a lot until you start factoring in 25 mph winds, rain, and average daily temperatures of 40-50 degrees. That ugly blue rain poncho I picked up for a couple bucks was a life-saver on the first day, and my three sets of hoodies worn at the same time, protected my sensitive ears along the windy shore. On Day 3, I stopped at a post office and shipped home 4 pounds of dirty clothes to lighten my load; well worth the cost.

I took almost 1000 photos; as I crossed 12 bridges that spanned two counties and eleven cities. I fully utilized public libraries for their clean bathrooms and cold drinking water; sometimes they were the only place open in a touristy town during the off-season. I didn't listen to music or podcasts while I walked, but chose to embrace the sounds of nature/silence. I would spend miles at a time on isolated beaches simply taking in the crash of the waves, the chirping of the baby birds, the feel of sand under my feet and the sporadic warmth of sun on my face.

Despite the adventure resulting in severe tendonitis in my feet, the meditative moments throughout were life-changing and I was pleased with the photography results as you'll see below. It was definitely an experience I will never forget!

The top 16 photos are shown below, including "Colorful Condos" that was published by National Geographic, in their selection of favorite photos of the week. All photos are now for available for purchase at www.TPhotos.co

Thank you to my hosts along the way:
If you're in these areas, all places are highly recommended!

Cape May - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4278207
Wildwood - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/28108105
Avalon - http://www.sealark.com/
Ocean City - http://laurelbayoc.com/
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Thank you to all my donors! You have been fantastically generous, and I truly appreciate you showing support for the cause. It will indeed go to benefit those who need it most.

As an update, I did in fact finish all 50 miles of my trek. It was truly an experience I won't forget! Your donations helped motivate me during those cold, rainy, 25 mph windy days LOL. If you are interested in following my journey, I will be posting 50 photos for 50 miles on Instagram, in geographical order, up the Jersey coast. Hopefully, it will feel like you are right there with me. Thanks again, everyone! IG - @TPhotosBoutique

P.S. Attached photo is "Mile 1"
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$750 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 19 people in 4 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Family Promise of Cape May County Inc
Certified Charity
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N Cape May, NJ
EIN: 113807411
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