KENILWORTH, NJ – As the number of coronavirus cases rise and families across America are confined to their home, finding enjoyment and optimism becomes more stressful each day. That is why Needham, Massachusetts photographer Carla Soulia, and marketing consultant Kristen Collins started #thefrontstepsproject to bring joy to the community and to celebrate family.

Soulia began taking pictures of families outside their home in accordance with social distancing protocol and then placed the photos on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #thefrontstepsproject. Soulia did not ask for families to pay a fee but rather make a charitable donation to the Needham Community Council.

Kenilworth resident Karlee McLoughlin who runs the Facebook page “The Kindness Connection Moms of Kenilworh, NJ,” saw this and thought it was a beautiful act of humanity a wonderful way to spread some joy that we are all in this together. She connected with Recreation Director Pat Boyle, and he graciously agreed to volunteer his photography services. At the moment Pat has photographed over 110 families and the numbers continue to rise. He is not charging a fee so many families have been very generous and made donations to Kids for Rec. Pat thrilled with the turnout stated, “I’m very happy how many families have come out to take photos.”

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Pat has been placing the photos in the Facebook group “Kenilworth Front Steps Project” and on “Exit 138” writing something about the family and then getting a quote from them as well. On the “Kenilworth Front Steps Project” page, Pat asks for members to add their own pictures too. “I want this group to be only pictures of how you are living your lives during the corona quarantine.”

If you would like to participate in #thefrontstepsproject please fill out this google form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdA77Pyjsxga_lw8VT3kYZl5KsI0Pol9ufl9exfKyBobzCe9A/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3VcRKLnGtg0k0GEYO3CtkKs3sHXiP3lgHnFxCSoT1VSAhzT62RXaHh2hM. In the meantime please enjoy the online gallery of some of the beautiful photos Pat has taken so far.