If you have lost a little faith in humanity, this story may help restore it.
A local, young, Fall River photographer, Trevor Santana, has been gracing Fall River Reporter and other social media pages with his view of Fall River through his lens and has developed quite the following.
Santana ran into an issue, however, when his computer, which he uses to help generate the photos, got fried.
He let us know of his misfortune.
“My MacBook Pro’s motherboard got fried. I will no longer be able to edit or share any of my photos with you all.”
When followers of his work learned of the news, they were disappointed and wanted to know any way they could be of help. Because of this, Santana created a GoFundme page.
“I hate the idea of e-begging, but I have no other choice. I physically cannot work a “conventional” job due to medical issues. My MacBook has been fried, and it was my only outlet for editing/exporting my photos, and sharing them with you all. I have no right to ask for your money. If you do not want to give, then don’t. It’s that simple. Thank you all, stay safe.”
Needless to say, the community rose to the occasion with support for Santana which included post shares of the fundraiser and monetary donations. In just 24 hours, the fundraiser has netted $1,300 which Santana says is just about enough to help him get back to creating the photos that so many love to see.
When we talked to Santana to find out if he had enough money raised to get his new computer, he was blown away by the support.
“I have very close to enough, which is honestly more than enough for me. The milk of human kindness, is compassion and charity. I want to give a heartfelt thanks to all of you. I have never had a high opinion of myself or my work that much, honestly. When I was in a time of need, you all selflessly came up to bat for me. I will do my absolute best to hone my skills, and give back to the city that so graciously supported me. I had honestly thought that my career as a photographer was over. You have all shown me just how much my art is appreciated, and I will do my best to make you all proud.”
Fall River residents and beyond have shown their generosity once again and it is not only Santana that gains the benefits.