Dear friends, family, neighbors and
Happy belated Valentine's Day! Truly, there is no late date on that
holiday, so I take back the "belated." And Happy (snowy) Presidents
Today is also momentous because we hit the halfway point of our
Green Grocer campaign. It has been a tremendous journey for us thus
far. We have been blessed with extraordinary generosity from so many
different people. Thank you so much.
But we've got a long way to go to reach our goal. Our plans, as
ground-up and volunteer-driven as they are, hinge on our ability to
raise these funds. Our costs are amazingly low for this kind of
venture, which is a testament to all the donated time, technical
assistance, and materials we've benefited from until now. We
continue to get generous offers in that direction. However, there
are very concrete and unavoidable costs we will absolutely have to
cover to open by spring, as planned.
So today we are launching our GREEN GROCER 30 Days of Luck
challenge. Every day, starting today (2/16), we will be updating our
with info on our grocery store project, and other relevant
information. You will see I <heart> FOOD, I <heart> ALDERSON popping
up in the Alderson area to publicize this challenge. We need you to
make this possible -- your own contributions, but also your own
voice within your networks. Every dollar and every donation, no
matter the size, helps us reach our goal, and helps build awareness
of the value of having access to basic groceries in our own
At the end of those 30 days, we plan to hosting a St Patrick's Day
dance fundraiser in Alderson, open to the general public. We hope
many of you can join us then. With a little Irish luck, we hope to
be able to announce the date of our opening celebration then,
featuring the music of Ben Gilmer and the Sidearms.
So we begin on the day we celebrate as Presidents Day, aiming for
nothing more patriotic, and democratic and transformative, than
making a way for our own people to nourish themselves far into the
future. Please join us in taking on this challenge, whose rewards
will go beyond measure for everyone in our community.
We look forward to your critical support. Thank you.
Our warmest, most sincere blessings to you and yours,