Thank you ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Our total from the Big Payback yesterday, with bonuses and the match included, came to $40,243. The total for the tractor, water tanker, and bush hog was $39,300, so we hit our goal!! Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, and set your alarm to make the most of your gift. You won GSE approximately $6,500 in bonuses and raised enough to purchase the much-needed firefighting equipment.
We had mentioned that anything over our goal would go towards the purchase of an auger- to help dig the fences for the African barn. While we didn’t reach that goal, two things happened. Scott got a great price on a used one, one that was only used by us when we were still renting a backhoe in our early days, and one of our very dedicated donors said she wanted to make up the difference and ensure our girls got all of the items on their Wishlist. So….we will also be purchasing the auger!
Although somewhat stress inducing, watching the totals throughout the day and who may end up winning the bonuses, the day always brings about a feeling of closeness with our supporters. We adore the comments, the camaraderie, and the love that is shared for the girls, our work and our sanctuary family. It always feels like it’s more about being part of something than just making a donation, and that is a gift in itself.
We are truly blessed to have your support and our girls and so lucky to have you in their lives. Thank you for helping to provide them with the best home possible. We are honored.
We also wanted to thank the group of volunteers over at Friends of GSE who help keep our sanity, sometimes have to figure things out without our input when our day takes us far away from the computers, and who each lend their own voice and experience to not only our group but the work they do for other elephants around the globe as well. They are a lovely bunch of ladies and we couldn’t do this without them.
May 3, 2019