After a long holiday weekend with family and taking a small hiatus from my computer, I got to soak up moments that reminded me I am very blessed. I have a great support system of family, friends, and the most amazing opportunity to photograph people’s  most precious moments. I have been blessed with an amazing 2009 and I want to wrap this year up with a great cause. Let’s give back to those that have less, those that have had unlucky experiences, heartbreak, hurt. Lets get in the holiday spirit and reach out and lend a hand. Sometimes the smallest gesture can make a big impact.  Especially during the holidays.

With all of that in mind, I’ve decided to participate in the Cans for Comments campaign this year. Canada’s ever amazing Chris + Lynn came up with this awesome concept last year and I am so happy to join them in the second year. Check out the twitter friends that are also participating.

We can make a difference. It would be great for YOU to help ME give back to my community. It’s simple, takes just a minute, and benefits a great organization.

Alright alright, down to the nitty gritty. Here are the details:

  • Now through December 11th*, I’ll donate one canned good for each and every comment left on this blog.
  • You can comment on any post (or even better, every post!). No limits!
  • For every comment YOU leave, I’ll donate a canned good to Second Harvest Heartland.
  • If you have a blog and participate in the Cans for Comments drive, leave a comment here to share your blog with my readers!
  • My fellow bloggers I challenge you to to participate and share the love and joy. I know we can make a difference.

Let’s spread this awesome cause like a wildfire!

*Added an extra week to comment away.


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  1. craigsanatomy

    Great stuff Gina! I’m really enjoying watching what you’re doing with your blog and your business. Keep up the great work – and way to go with 2nd Harvest Heartland!

  2. Johanna Price

    What an awesome idea!

  3. sarah

    this is great! maybe i’ll have to do it too!

  4. Sarah Langfeld

    Love it! Happy Holidays!

  5. Sarah

    Gina, this cans for comments thing is awesome!!! You’ll have to us posted on what the count is up to! Happy Holidays!

  6. Katja

    What a great idea!

  7. ryan

    Awesome idea!

  8. Cassie

    Great plan! It would be neat to donate some ethnic foods so families that find themselves at the food shelf can still cook foods that are part of their culture!

  9. Jessica F.

    I’m on this. I am going to do it on my blog too. Thanks!

  10. Kristin Partin

    Thanks for using your gift to give back!

  11. SarahElizabeth

    This is such a great gift!

  12. Stephanie P.

    hi gina 🙂 it’s been a long time since our anoka soccer days, but i wanted to comment to contribute to the food donation!! also, your photography is amazing, i probably check out the blog a few times a month on average… AND, when i get married someday, i’ll be sure to call you!! take care this holiday season, xo.

  13. Jessica F.

    K! I’m officially doing this too. Thanks so much for the tip and for giving me permission to steal your lovely words!

  14. Kayla

    What a great idea! It is such a simple thing to do to help those who need it. A little something we can do to help our big world!

  15. Laura Ivanova

    This is really awesome Gina! You’re absolutely right- a little gesture can make such a big difference. Good for you girl!! 🙂

  16. AP

    Keep up the good work girl!!! You take beautiful pics and are supporting a great cause. God bless!

  17. andrea

    Awesome, another Cans for comments participant here 🙂 P.S. Your work rocks I can’t wait to come back spread the love 🙂

    LOVE. Give it. Spread it. and the universe will thank you!

  18. johnwaire | photo

    add a can for me 🙂

  19. Hannah

    I love your photography!

  20. Lynne

    This is a fantastic idea!

  21. Erin

    It’s great to see that the true holiday spirit of generosity and reflection isn’t lost. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. ryan

    Great idea!

  23. Kelli

    Awesome idea! Happy Holidays!

  24. Emily Beaty

    I LOVE the idea of Cans for Comments!! I love that photo, too… very cool! 🙂

  25. Modern Life Photo

    Great idea, love that you’re using your talent to support those who are less fortunate.

  26. melissa oholendt

    Totally thought I had commented already but alas I had not! This is so awesome that you are doing this.

  27. sharice

    campbells. mmm mmm good.

  28. The Perfect Palette

    Such an incredible cause! Good for you for participating. You’ve inspired me! Also, we would love to feature your work in 2010! If you’re interested in being featured please contact us!

    Chrissy from The Perfect Palette.

  29. ohana photographers

    yay!!! we’re doing the cans for comments too!!! let’s make a difference this season 🙂

  30. Erin

    What a great idea! So great, in fact, that I’m doing it too. Such an easy way to give back!

  31. Crystal

    It is refreshing to know there are still good people out there, what a great way to give back!

  32. Becky

    Gina, I love this. I think I may add a spin on this to my Thursday Thanks post tomorrow.

  33. Kate

    thanks for being generous! love your pics!

  34. Hollee

    Great idea! Good pics, by the way!

  35. Amy

    I’ve been meaning to comment for so long, I just haven’t had the chance. I’m going to review your blog and comment away! 🙂

  36. Amy

    This is so generous of you!

  37. Becky Egeland

    I’d like a rematch please. We had a little trouble with the Pictionary H1N1 – if not for that we so would have beat your team. Dang it anyway. You can just donate two cans for this post because you kicked our butts. Love ya!

  38. Steph @ My Life In Motion

    What a wonderful idea!!!

  39. leah

    Such a nice act g.

  40. Ryan Holmgren

    This is such an awesome idea! All the pictures look great Gina!

  41. Lorri

    I never thought I could help people in need by simply commenting on a blog post. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  42. Heidi J.

    Great idea for the holidays! Love your photographs!