As the holiday season approaches, Kris Dysert will be giving gifts to area families and individuals that simply are priceless – the gift of dignity.
Dysert, telecom support technician and system coordinator for St. Louis Community College’s Technology and Educational Support Services office, will be putting her photographic skills to work as part of Help-Portrait, a worldwide effort to simply give the gift of a holiday portrait to individuals and families in need.
On Dec. 7, photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and volunteers around the world will gather for the fifth annual Help-Portrait event. Dysert is organizing this year’s St. Louis event, slated 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1001 Park Ave.
Members of the community can get a haircut, light makeup, and a professionally photographed portrait on the spot, all for free, with no strings attached.
“I’m really excited about leading the Help-Portrait event this year,” Dysert said. “People without disposable income or stable addresses are often seen as things – the homeless – instead of fellow human beings. I want to be one of the people making them feel like what they are – human beings who have feelings, relationships, families, needs and stories to tell. That’s what Help-Portrait is all about.”