Jayne Fuller takes photos of local families on their front porches
By Pat Payton
In difficult times, people can still do good things for other people.
Jayne Fuller is a perfect example. An avid photographer, the St. Marys woman has been busy taking photographs of local families on their front porches. In return, she is asking for food and financial donations for the Salvation Army food bank in St. Marys.
Fuller got the idea from a photographer who is doing the same thing in London and posting the photos on Facebook. The London photographer is also collecting donations for a local food bank.
“I thought to myself, I can do that here in St. Marys,” she told the Independent in a recent interview. “I put a post on Facebook, saying what days I’m going to shoot. I just ask people to send me a message if they want their picture taken. They give me their address, and then I map it out and tell them what time I’m coming by.”
She can also be reached via e-mail at: Jayne.email@example.com.
Fuller is careful and practices social distancing. The OPP have also given her permission.
“I don’t get out of my car; I take the photos right from my car window,” she says. “A lot of people have given food. If people want to give food, they put it in my trunk. I’ve taken over three trunk loads that I’ve dropped at the two bins at the food bank.
“A lot of people have also made donations right on line, or given me cash and I do the donations through the (Sally Ann) website for them.”
At the time of this interview, the TD bank employee said she had photographed approximately 100 families in St. Marys and area over a period of three weekends.
Fuller estimates that she has collected $1,000 in cash “or more.” She says the TD branch in St. Marys is donating $450 to the food bank as well.
“The most rewarding thing is helping the community, and putting smiles on people’s faces,” she said this past Saturday morning. “People have even given me things, which is just crazy. For instance, people bought me a coupon to go out for dinner. They have just been so wonderful. We live in a great community.”
This week, Fuller is taking photos of the merchants in front of their downtown stores, early Thursday morning and late Thursday afternoon.
“I will continue to do this until there is no need,” she says.