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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  Fifteen children photographed their hopes and dreams Thursday as part of an award-winning national program called "Pictures of Hope." The photos will benefit children staying at a Sheffield Place shelter.

This is one of 14 cities across the nation that photojournalist and author Linda Solomon is visiting to select children to capture their dreams and help inspire others.

The images photographed as a hope or dream by these homeless children often represent goals many others take for granted. Thanks to a donation from Walgreens, each child is surprised with a professional digital camera that they can keep. Photos of their hopes and dreams will be made into holiday cards that are sold to the public, with 100 percent of the proceeds going back to Sheffield Place to help other homeless children staying at the shelter.

"Pictures of hope is a self esteem building experience for children living here at sheffield place," Solomon said. "They have no idea they get to keep these cameras. What they are going to be doing today is very special. They are going to go off as photojournalists to reveal their hopes and dreams."

Chevrolet sponsors the program nationwide and Cable Dahmer will host a "Meet The Young Artists" reception in October. Solomon says it's an honor to work with homeless children. She says the average age of a homeless child taking photos is only 7.

Pictures of Hope holiday cards from last year are available now from Sheffield Place. Kids say seeing their photos turned into works of art makes them feel good about themselves.

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