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To the photographers, and their subjects, raising millions for charity

Kristen Collins and Cara Soulia started #TheFrontStepsProject to raise money for Needham. The project has already raised nearly $2 million for charities worldwide.

Health care workers at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford photographed as part of #TheFrontStepsProject.Chelsey Puza/for #TheFrontStepsProject

When Needham residents Kristen Collins and Cara Soulia started the #thefrontstepsproject, donating photographs of people in their community in exchange for contributions to the Needham Community Council, they hoped to do a little bit of good locally. They did far more than that. More than 500 amateur and professional photographers across all 50 US states, plus Canada and at least 10 other countries, ended up donating their time and photographs. All told, their grateful portrait subjects gave close to $2 million for community organizations worldwide in less than 90 days. The project is still ongoing.

Nurses and other clinical staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham are ready to help patients with COVID-19 on March 24. From left: Liz Hernandez, Liz Ioannilli, Cathy Gould, Jacqui Kennedy, Liz Fuentes, Cathy Gallo, Louise Bernard, Otion Zguro, and Kevin Kelley.cara soulia

Michael Fitzgerald can be reached at Michael.Fitzgerald@Globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @riparian.