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On Saturday some local photographers will be capturing the holdiay spirit by offering free portraits for low income families. It's the second annual international "Help Portrait Day."

Sandra Merriman lives in Franconia. She's on a fixed income and says getting a professional photograph taken has always seemed like a luxury, until this year.

"I pushed it on my kids that everybody has to dress up, everybody has to come," she says, "and that's the present for mom this year. So I'm really excited."

Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria is one of the venues. Executive Director Lissette Bishins says this is very different from the holiday help they usually give their clients, but no less special.

"We get lots of presents and food, and the things that our clients need, and so this is just a little extra nugget that they get," Bishins says, "and for many, it's a once in a lifetime gift."

Merriman, who's now a grandmother, says she hasn't had a professional portrait done since she was in grade school.

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