Local Photographers Make Christmas Wishes Come True for Foster Youth

By: Staff Report
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The Christmas wish of the foster youth from Koinonia Homes for Teens was to have a portrait of themselves to send to family and friends for Christmas. Tina Raibley and Amanda Weaver from Simply Portraits, in Loomis, made their wish come true. Bill Ryland, of Koinonia, said, “Many of our teens have been bounced around so much in foster care that things like school pictures are missing from their personal history. I’m especially excited for our high school seniors that were hoping to have senior pictures for graduation and will now get them.” Last week, the Simply Portraits’ team set up a special outdoor studio offering individualized portraits for each of the thirty foster youth from the Koinonia Homes for Teens program. “There is no way we could ever meet all the needs of our kids without the support of our community. These photos are way outside our foster care budget and its people like Tina and Amanda that make these special opportunities available that enrich the lives of some very deserving teens,” said Ryland. Koinonia is also accepting holiday gifts for their teens through the Angel Tree program and gift cards for clothing. For more information, call 652-0171. For more information about Koinonia Homes for Teens, visit