Good things come from bad — even from this year’s flood.

Gary Crow, former photographer for The News-Record, was inspired by the pictures he took of the flood to put them together in a book.

“This food is so historic in so many ways,” he said. “So many people were wanting pictures that I thought the best way to get them out would be in a book.”

Crow is going to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Ottawa County United Way.

Last year, he was president of the Ottawa County United Way and this year he’s a member of the board.

“All of the United Way agencies are helping people survive the flood,” Crow said.

Two thousand copies of the book will be printed by Action Graphics. The cost will be underwritten by Osborn Drugs and the First National Bank of Miami.

It will be sold for $10 at Osborn Drugs, Chapters and the Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Crow said he would like to have the book ready to distribute before the end of July while the flood is fresh in everyone’s mind.

“I’ll be using photos taken by David Knoer who shot for the Red Cross,” Crow said. “I’ve seen some of his work and he’s done a really good job.”

One of Crow’s favorite pictures is one he took of a pregnant woman and her children being rescued and comforted by Gov. Brad Henry while he visited the Miami area.

Those who would like to have their own photographs included in the book should write their name, address and phone number on the back of each photo with a brief description of the location. Put them in an envelope and drop them off at the News-Record, which will forward them to Crow.

Pictures may also be e-mailed to Crow at They need to be in jpeg format, at least 200 resolution and sent as an attachment.

Those printed in the book will be given credit..

The deadline for submitting photos is July 20.