Snapshots of Sandy: Group restores victims’ photos:
Founded after Hurricane Katrina, a nonprofit network of photographers, graphic artists and hobbyists has repaired more than 9,000 pictures discolored by floods, pockmarked by debris, speckled by mold and otherwise damaged by disasters in recent years. The Sandy project, which started this weekend, promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue’s most expert efforts yet.
Two years ago, Jelena Anderson and her 3-year-old son, Caden, were alone for Christmas, with Caden’s father deployed to Afghanistan. Seeing that her son was missing his dad, Jelena got him a “Daddy Doll,” which he opened on Christmas morning and exclaimed, “Look, Mommy! Santa brought me Daddy!” As he was going to bed, Jelena heard him say to the doll, “Good night, Daddy. I love you.”
That’s the story behind this Christmas photo. Read more that our readers shared with us.
When 7-year-old Gianna Palacios wouldn’t partake in the ritual of saying what she was thankful for prior to her family’s Thanksgiving dinner last year, her mother realized that it was because she was missing her father, a firefighter who had to work that day. Later that night, her mother “explained that firemen can’t always be home on special days with the people they love most.” She also told Gianna her dad was “a very special hero who saves lives and was needed by many others.”
The next morning when Gianna’s dad arrived home, he found his daughter dressed in his firefighter gear. She hugged him and whispered, “I’m thankful that you’re a hero. I love you.”
Every photo has a story, and that is the story behind this Thanksgiving photo. See more of our readers’ photos and learn the stories behind them.
In this picture of from 1971, the nearly completed World Trade Center twin towers are shown. On the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, LIFE.com pays tribute to New York City in photos showcasing lower Manhattan, where the twin towers once stood.
(Photo: Henry Groskinsky—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)