When disaster strikes, photo editors can help save memories

When homes are damaged, often the most important items cannot be replaced. For victims of fire, floods and other natural disasters, family photos are among the worst things to lose. Operation Photo Rescue brings together victims with professional photo editors to turn damaged images back into clear memories.

Operation Photo Rescue was started after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf of Mexico in 2005. Since then, the organization has repaired more than 9,000 photos, providing free restoration of photos damaged by natural disasters. After Hurricane Sandy, Operation Photo Rescue set up a scanning station in Seaside Heights — an area that saw a lot of damage — and allowed families to submit up to 20 photos each.

After yesterday’s devastating tornado in Oklahoma, people around the United States are donating time and money to help the victims. For photography professionals who want to volunteer to help those who lost precious family photos in any natural disaster, Operation Photo Rescue is asking for Photoshop experts to spend time fixing damaged photos. If you are interested in repairing photos with Operation Photo Rescue, fill out their volunteer application here.

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