If you volunteer time for a cause, you likely do so knowing that the greatest payment lies in simply contributing to the advancement of something you believe in. But every now and then karma might step in to remind you that your dedication and effort is valued — and a little nudge can be powerful in fueling motivation!

HeARTs Speak unites professional artists across the globe who believe the fight to save shelter pets is won through community and collaboration, and thanks to Lowepro, they started their holidays with a bang! As makers of some of the finest camera bags and accessories in the world, it’s not surprising that Lowepro recently reached an impressive 100,000 fans on Facebook. To commemorate this exciting milestone, they decided to gift $100,000 in camera bags to an organization using photography for the power of good and chose HeARTs Speak as the lucky recipient.

HeARTs Speak LoweproThroughout the past few months, beautiful camera cases and bags from the ‘Echelon‘ series have been appearing on our artists’ doorsteps. The top-of-the-line accessories have already become instrumental additions to the volunteer efforts of our members and are enabling them to go even further above and beyond for the homeless pets in their communities. Shelter work can be unpredictable on a day-to-day basis, but a quality camera bag makes the goal of providing high-quality adoptable pet portraits all the more attainable! With their gear well protected, our artists are free to take on new challenges and venture outside of any former boundaries their work environments may have presented.

We’re eternally grateful to Lowepro, not only for their amazing gift but for recognizing the importance of the arts as a vehicle for true change and improvement in the world. It’s only with the support of kind, forward-thinking companies and individuals such as them that we’re able to continue our lifesaving work!

From the bottom of our HeARTs: thank you, Lowepro!