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NEWS RELEASE: Now That Thanksgiving 2020 Is Cancelled, 7 Ways to Virtually Celebrate According to Family Historians Polled by ScanMyPhotos.com

100 family historians say Thanksgiving 2020 is cancelled and share how to virtually celebrate. 7 Ways to Surround Yourself with Cherished Moments to Celebrate Thanksgiving From Afar.


News Release, (Irvine, CA) Family historians across the country, preparing for the inevitable cancellation of Thanksgiving this year, shares seven ways to surround yourself with cherished activities to celebrate from afar to keep families together virtually.

The ScanMyPhotos.com poll of 100 family historians paints a grim picture this Fall, as Americans will radically change their behavior in light of the pandemic. While some will bend the rules, most families are predicted to stay at home, creating “virtual Thanksgiving” gatherings — but how?


“It’s likely that families and friends will prepare special activities for online participation, including online viewing parties, gaming, and eating together while apart. If there’s a silver lining, it’s those distant relatives will have equal footing with more local ones,” said Mitch Goldstone, CEO at ScanMyPhotos.com.


Learn what even those who aren’t tech-savvy can do to prepare for this upcoming season of togetherness, even when it will be spent apart. ScanMyPhotos.com is connected with families across the nation as their digital photo archivist service. The regular engagements with people who had their decades-past pictures scanned are the best group to ask what plans they have for the holidays.


The regular engagements with people who had their decades-past pictures scanned are the best group to ask what plans they have for the holidays.


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As Americans swelter in the summer heat with masks on, thoughts of Fall aren’t far away. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving as we know it has been cancelled — but that may be a good thing. ScanMyPhotos polled 100 family historians for their perspective and found that Americans are most likely to resort to virtual Thanksgiving gatherings. This could actually benefit more distant relatives, as they would be able to connect just like everyone else.


This human connection is difficult to blend. For example, it’s common for friends and family to connect during the Thanksgiving holiday, but there’s usually the awkward moment where someone uses Skype, FaceTime, Google Meet, or Zoom to connect while the rest of the family attempts to crowd around a phone.



This year, since more people will be stuck at home, the playing field is even. Everyone will be awkward. But it will allow relatives who might not usually be able to attend in person to attend the party. It could also provide welcome relief to elderly relatives in nursing homes.


If there’s another silver lining it’s that the entertainment possibilities will be posted online in real-time. Saturday Night Live made the best of a quarantined season, as has the film industry with movies like Mulan going straight to online distribution in lieu of theatrical runs. It’s possible an army of YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram stars will be born in the isolation of this year’s Thanksgiving. Although the existing stars will no doubt capitalize on the moment as well, especially in lieu of this year’s live tour plans.


Because traditional Thanksgiving parties are canceled, there are ways to gather online for holiday reunions virtually. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time filled with family and joy. Often it is the only time during the year when the entire family gathers together.



7 Ways to Surround Yourself with Cherished Moments to Celebrate Thanksgiving From Afar


1) Visit Virtually, Online: Send invitations to your friends and the entire family to gather at a specific time during Thanksgiving for a virtual video call celebration while everyone is safe at home. “Zoom” live-action during your turkey dinner. Share stories. Watch and listen to the collective conversations to celebrate with your siblings, parents, distant relatives, and friends. Technology will unite and connect without ever leaving home. Make sure everyone understands how and when to log in.


2) Share Decades-Past Snapshots: Gather and digitize your old-school photos snapshots to reminisce and narrate the stories behind past Thanksgiving dinners and share the stories behind the memories when you cannot be together in person.


3) Select a Game For Everyone To Play: Jackbox is a gaming service that allows you to Facetime with your friends while playing virtual games.


4) Virtual Memory Wheel: Connects and gets everyone to engage. Become part of the story, while socially distancing. Have everyone select ten of their all-time most memorable pictures from past Thanksgivings and family gatherings. Share all the pictures online, and narrates the story behind the photos.


5) Smile, It is Family Photo Time: Take a family photo, complete with all virtual guests. Use a collage photo app to assemble each picture into a family keepsake and order photo gifts for everyone.


6) Guess Who Cards: Have everyone submit two anonymous memes or message cards describing something excellent and unusual that happened to them in 2020. Add a third card with an aspiration for something they had hoped to do in 2020 but were unable to do. And one more identifying the best book, favorite TV show, movie, song, or event they enjoyed during the past 12 months. Then have everyone guess who wrote each Guess Who?


7) Prepare Before. Send a gift and traditional dessert before Thanksgiving. Mail matching bouquets and a favorite family dessert to all your guests to enjoy together during your interactive Zoom party.



Major retailers already announced they would close on Thanksgiving. Many others are doing without the traditional day after “Black Friday” sales as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Parades are not the only canceled tradition. Large Thanksgiving dinners are out too.


For those seeking an opt-out to escape family drama, the excuse why you cannot visit in person during Thanksgiving has already been made. No explanation is needed. Multi-generational families, separated by distance and time apart, can instead all gather together online.


Because traditional Thanksgiving parties are canceled, there are ways to gather online for holiday reunions virtually. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time filled with family and joy. Often it is the only time during the year when the entire family gathers together.


Background: ScanMyPhotos.com is a nationwide photo digitization service headquartered in Irvine, CA, and has preserved 600 million pictures.


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News From MSN: “Expert Decluttering Tips for Your Pandemic-Inspired Purge”

How to Declutter Your Lifetime of Old-School Photo Scanpshots by Digitizing Your Nostalgia


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Welcome to the ScanMyPhotos community. This national news profile on how to declutter as you are staying safe at home was published by Microsoft News (MSN). It includes why photo scanning is so in-demand, for normalcy and revisiting your nostalgia as we are stuck at home.


Excerpt: With people across the country cooped up at home, it’s more important than ever to maintain a liveable space. The COVID-19 crisis makes decluttering for the whole family, from kids to seniors, a necessity whether it’s a fast job or not, but it also forces some changes in how you have to go about trimming the fat and getting organized. Here are a few expert tips on how to downsize safely so you can make the most out of the space you’re stuck in.


 

Digitize Old Photos: Digitizing those mountains of old physical photographs can preserve precious pictures for safekeeping while also clearing lots of clutter. “While traveling is off limits as families stay safe at home, there is a way to revisit past adventures while decluttering your lifetime of photo snapshots,” says Mitch Goldstone of ScanMyPhotos.com.

 


“Gather all those shoeboxes and albums to digitize long-forgotten pictures.” In reality, however, scanning them one by one or even batch by batch into your printer’s scanner is simply not a practical use of time. Entrepreneurs with professional equipment have stepped in to fill that void, many at a very reasonable price. Goldstone’s company, for example, will digitize 4,000 photos for $40, or a penny per photo.

 





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News and Reviews on Photo Scanning Service, ScanMyPhotos.com

Welcome to the Updated ScanMyPhotos News Feed. News and Reviews on Photo Scanning Service, ScanMyPhotos.com


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Here is an archived sampling of news profiles and reviews. What people, photography and tech experts are saying about the innovations and history of ScanMyPhotos.com

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FLASHBACK: David Pogue on ScanMyPhotos — Read in The New York Times (2008) 

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CNET: “6 ways to protect your precious photos if disaster strikes

“Here’s how to protect everything from the portrait of your great grandmother to your dad’s dorky high school yearbook photo.” Reported by Shelby Brown


Hurricane preparedness tips from CNET: ”When a natural disaster hits and your possessions are lost or destroyed, people sometimes offer the phrase “things can be replaced” as comfort. 6 ways to protect your precious photos if disaster strikes”



Excerpt:


If using an app isn’t cutting it, you can turn to a professional service. ScanMyPhotos, located in Irvine, California, offers physical photo scanningnegative scanning and slide scanning. You can mail the company a box of photos to restore or the website can transfer VHS media and 8mm film to DVD to save old home-movies.


 

Depending on your photo-scanning needs, the site has different options to get the job done. If you don’t have that many photos, scans start at 8 cents each. If you’re getting close to 2,000 photos, the $145-prepaid box is the best idea. Pack the box, send it off and after the project is complete, you’ll get the box back with electronic copies of your scans and a book listing your photos. CNET editor Kent German tried out ScanMyPhotos to digitize




Watch this Weather Channel profile on what happens when a devastating hurricane and its storm surges wipe out a lifetime of family nostalgia and have to plan ahead by digitizing your pictures, now.



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Why There Was No Weeping After the Storm Destroyed Generations of Photos



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Thanksgiving 2020 Is Canceled, According to 100 Family Historians Polled by ScanMyPhotos.com

Now That Traditional Thanksgiving family gatherings been canceled this year, according to one hundred family historians polled by ScanMyPhotos.com



Seven Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving From Afar. Now That Thanksgiving is Canceled, What To Do?


 

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One hundred family historian chroniclers agreed that Thanksgiving 2020 will be very different due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


When Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities, the historical novelist began with “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Back in 1859, he could never have imagined today’s canceled culture pandemic led to mostly just the worst of times.


Even Thanksgiving, falling on the fourth Thursday in November has been canceled.




A QUICK READ:


  • Anyone searching for “when is Thanksgiving 2020?” will understand why, according to one hundred family historians, traditional family holidays will not occur this year.
  • According to historian chroniclers across the nation, Thanksgiving will be different due to the pandemic. In reply to a July 10-30th poll conducted by ScanMyPhotos.com, they explained this holiday season would be very different.
  • Rules will be bent, and this Thanksgiving will become the year of virtual, long-distance gatherings as families stay safe while social distancing.
  • Missing this year will be who carves the Thanksgiving turkey and who bakes the pies?

7 Ways to Surround Yourself with Cherished Moments to Celebrate Thanksgiving From Afar:




  1. Visit Virtually, Online: Send invitations to your friends and the entire family to gather at a specific time during Thanksgiving for a virtual video call celebration while everyone is safe at home. “Zoom” live-action during your turkey dinner. Share stories. Watch and listen to the collective conversations to celebrate with your siblings, parents, distant relatives, and friends. Technology will unite and connect without ever leaving home. Make sure everyone understands how and when to log in.

  2. Share Decades-Past Snapshots: Gather and digitize your old-school photos snapshots to reminisce and narrate the stories behind past Thanksgiving dinners and share the stories behind the memories when you cannot be together in person.

  3. Select a Game For Everyone To Play: Jackbox is a gaming service that allows you to Facetime with your friends while playing virtual games.

  4. Virtual Memory Wheel: Connects and gets everyone to engage. Become part of the story, while socially distancing. Have everyone select ten of their all-time most memorable pictures from past Thanksgivings and family gatherings. Share all the pictures online, and narrates the story behind the photos.

  5. Smile, It is Family Photo Time: Take a family photo, complete with all virtual guests. Use a collage photo app to assemble each picture into a family keepsake and order photo gifts for everyone.

  6. Guess Who? Cards: Have everyone submit two anonymous memes or message cards describing something excellent and unusual that happened to them in 2020. Add a third card with an aspiration for something they had hoped to do in 2020 but were unable to do. And one more identifying the best book, favorite TV show, movie, song, or event they enjoyed during the past 12 months. Then have everyone guess who wrote each Guess Who?

  7. Prepare Before. Send a Gift and Traditional Dessert: Before Thanksgiving, send matching bouquets and a favorite family dessert to all your guests to enjoy together during your interactive Zoom, party.

Major retailers already announced they would close on Thanksgiving. Many others are doing without the traditional day after “Black Friday” sales as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Parades are not the only canceled tradition. Large Thanksgiving dinners are out too.


For those seeking an opt-out to escape family drama, the excuse why you cannot visit in person during Thanksgiving has already been made. No explanation is needed. Multigenerational families, separated by distance and time apart, can instead all gather together online.


Because traditional Thanksgiving parties are canceled, there are ways to gather online for holiday reunions virtually. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time filled with family and joy. Often it is the only time during the year when the entire family gathers together.


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50% Discount To Digitize Your Pictures at ScanMyPhotos

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[NEWS PROFILES] FortuneThe Mercury News, AND Forbes Magazine are raving on ScanMyPhotos. The Associated Press mentioned our photo scanning service as a project to keep you busy while at home. For loads of other news and review profiles, click hereNext Avenue published another article mentioning.


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Memories in a shoebox: Digitizing old photos unlocks a flood of mixed emotions — CNET


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OPEN LETTER: Mr. Trump, Intentional Delays to USPS Deliveries May Force Millions of Businesses to Close

Re: Intentional Delays to USPS Deliveries May Force Millions of Businesses to Close


Open letter to President Donald Trump and U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy,


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I am pleading with you to end your march towards destroying the U.S. Postal Service. As if the pandemic was not bad enough, you just made it worse. Your jarring actions by intentionally slowing down mail deliveries are harming millions of small businesses and consumers and disenfranchising voters. Trump administration is undermining the Postal Service in an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots.


We are under relentless attacks. Each day, we hear how deliveries have slowed to unprecedented levels. One of our customers reported driving to four shuttered post offices before finding one that was opened. Letter carriers are reporting they were instructed to delay deliveries as piles of undelivered mail are stacked up at distribution centers. This raises the specter for more muddling to harm the nation’s postal delivery network. Another ScanMyPhotos.com customer reported tracking their delivery to find out her returned scanned photos for a memorial service were in transit and delayed for nearly two weeks. [We added instant uploading so those precious pictures were immediately received online].



The U.S. Postal Service is essential, it is a constitutionally-mandated public service employing 630,000 people. They even helped create the innovations that led to this USPS commercial profiling ScanMyPhotos.com. We would not have pioneered bulk high volume photo scanning without their years of help. They are the reason for our success.


Over the years, due to the 630,000 postal workers, they became the catalyst for our success in digitizing more than 600 million pictures. They also led to the success of millions of other businesses.



Today, nearly 40% of all our online orders are due to families rushing to preserve the lifetime of memories for relatives lost to Covid-19. They need digitally archived pictures for online memorial services. Customers are facing delays of two weeks at a time when the last thing they need to worry about are deliveries. We pioneered a list of dauntingly complex procedures to make sure every order is perfect, yet the USPS leadership is harming our business.


QUICK READ: 


  • Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, if anyone believes this is all about cost-cutting, rather than election rigging and disenfranchisement, I have a bridge to sell you.
  • We faced many challenges over the past three decades in business, from technological shifts from film to digital and 9/11 when consumers stopped traveling and taking pictures. Yet, the Postmaster General’s actions are the most significant threat to our company.
  • The U.S. Postal ‘Sevice’ is named that and not “U.S. Postal ‘Business'” because it is a critical public service, just as are other essential services like police and fire.
  • Imagine if it was 2012. Just months before the elections and President Obama INTENTIONALLY SLOWED DOWN THE MAIL TO STEAL AN ELECTION? Hired a postmaster general with no experience who contributed $1.2 million to his campaign who had financial interests in the competition — like UPS and a top trucking company? Fired the top USPS executives. Then intentionally slowed down the mail to disenfranchise voters and hurt millions of businesses and consumers?



Photo scanning has also become a trending activity as families stay home and seek normalcy projects, including to unclutter decades of nostalgic photo snapshots. This recent “New Yorker” cartoon explains why people eagerly are revisiting those nostalgic photo memories.



U.S. Postal Service in Irvine, CA Your actions, as reported by Jacob Bogage at The Washington Post, “Postal Service memos detail ‘difficult’ changes, including slower mail delivery,” are having destructive ramifications. “The new directive goes against the training postal workers have traditionally received, which says they should avoid leaving letters behind and make sure items are delivered promptly, even if that means making multiple trips,” the Washington Post reported.


Digital Commerce 360 reported that since the coronavirus pandemic, ”Ecommerce order volume has increased nearly 47%.”


According to Tim Levin, transportation reporter at Business Insider, “DeJoy instructed workers to stop logging over time and leave the mail at distribution centers if it would delay their routes.”


USPS Distribution Center as they transport boxes of photos to be scanned and returnedIf this maddening policy continues, millions of small businesses, already affected by the pandemic, risk closing down.


While I await your response, to partly remedy your policy missteps, ScanMyPhotos.com has enhanced our fulfillment with express service to instantly upload pictures upon scanning. However, there are many other companies which equally rely on the USPS that cannot innovate. The mail left behind and on loading docks includes precious family photographs.


Mail is an essential part of our company. Delays, especially if instructed by the Postmaster General are unacceptable and unconscionable.


Your immediate reply to remedy this crisis is requested,


Mitch Goldstone, CEO
ScanMyPhotos.com
Irvine, California





NEWS UPDATES:


New Postmaster DeJoy is running Post Office like a business, cutting costs, slowing mail delivery


Postmaster General Said To Admit To Imposing Rules That Would Slow Delivery Of Mail.


DEFEND OUR POST OFFICE. The U.S. Postal Service is facing unprecedented challenges and political threats even while it is an essential lifeline for millions of Americans, especially those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Friday Night Massacre” at US Postal Service: Postmaster General boots top brass ahead of the election. The Postmaster General — a major Trump donor — suddenly ousted the Postal Service’s top officials. 


‘Friday Night Massacre’ at US Postal Service as Postmaster General—a Major Trump Donor—Ousts Top Officials


 

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Why Every Small Business Must Support Joe Biden For President

Businesses must be about more than just selling stuff. They must use their voice to humanize the company. We pause from our standard commentary on family history and photo preservation to share this important message. Why Every Small Business Must Support Joe Biden For President.

 

Watch A Socially Distanced Conversation: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden


From Decider: COVID-19 can’t stop President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden from palling around. Over the past few weeks, Obama and Biden sat down for a socially-distanced conversation about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Trump’s COVID response, Biden’s presidential campaign, and more. After a day of hype (that Obama and Biden campaign ad sure was effective), voters will finally be able to watch the Obama Biden video today on their respective social media channels.

 


 

The Obama Biden interview serves as the first time the former colleagues have appeared in person during the 2020 campaign, so fans of 44 — and “46” as the promo teased — will definitely want to check it out. When will the Obama Biden conversation go live? How do I watch the Obama Biden video? Here’s everything you need to know.


Former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama sat down for a socially distant conversation to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the steps they believe need to be taken to right the American economy.




  • The two men appear together in a new ad hyped by the Biden campaign
  • Both men entered a building separately wearing masks and had a conversation from a distance
  • They met at Obama’s Washington, D.C. office 
  • They diss President Trump for saying ‘No, I don’t take responsibility at all’ for the coronavirus 
  • ‘Those words didn’t come out of our mouths while we were in office,’ said Obama 
  • Biden said Trump ‘can’t relate in any way’ 
  • Polling shows Biden with a consistent lead over President Trump but less enthusiasm among his supporters 

How you too can help. Donate and support Joe Biden.


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