High school senior raises money for charity through ‘porch project’

Updated: Mar. 22, 2021 at 10:55 AM EDT
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CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. (WWNY) - They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but these are worth a thousand dollars.

With the click of a button on his Cannon camera, 17 year old Alex Davis is actually doing much more than taking a picture.

The Thousand Islands High School senior captures moments in history through something called the “porch project.”

“So the porch project is a project is where I, the photographer, would capture moments. The families would stand on their porch and I would photograph them - socially distanced, of course,” said Alex.

His porch shots raised more than $1,000. Instead of using the money to buy himself a new cell phone or put it toward a new car, Alex gave the money away.

“I donated the money to the Cape Vincent Food Pantry and the Cape Vincent Ambulance fund,” he said.

David McIntyre is the ambulance squad’s board president, but he’s got another title.

“Alex is my stepson,” he said.

To show Alex how proud he was, McIntyre planned a day just for him and had state Assemblyman Mark Walczyk join in.

“Alex is one of those kids that is just so inspiring and has such a giving heart,” said Walczyk, (R. - 116th District).

“I just feel that the food pantry and the ambulance squad both do a really good job of assisting those in need, especially during that time,” said Alex.

The time where COVID-19 was new, people were scared, and many needed a helping hand.

Alex did his part while sharpening his skills.

As for what’s next: he is eyeing film and photography school in hopes to capture even more history and maybe help out a few more folks along the way.

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