Sunday, December 25, 2011
Many people throughout the greater Northeast added the Conserve the Balsams Landscape Campaign to their gift giving lists. Each breaking news story brought a flurry of gifts as donors encouraged us to carry on in spite of the challenge by Northern Pass and then celebrated the favorable decision by the Director of Charitable Trusts by giving even more. Mid-week discussions with an anonymous donor about a $100,000 grant were encouraging and undaunted by any question about whether the project would proceed. In the time it has taken me to write these few words in the middle of Christmas day, another six gifts came in over the web, and a pledge came in by email. It is a testament to the importance of this project that so many people took time out of a busy holiday week to support our efforts. Thank you and Merry Christmas!