|The theme of this week's message is "gratitude," and I will say that among the things I am grateful for is the chance to go out on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail a few times a year and work with the Ridge Runners volunteer group. They always work hard but they're a warm and welcoming bunch and it's a lot of fun. Chief among them for many years has been Jerry Eicher, shown here on the right holding up the Forbes Road sign with Chainsaw Mike to the left. Jerry was also the long-time chair of the Friends of Laurel Hill, handy with an idea or a trail-clearing axe. Jerry lost his battle with cancer this week and Ridge Runner days are just not going to be the same without him. Everyone at PPFF will miss his ready smile.
As mentioned above, the ExtraGive campaign brought in a little over $13,000 for PPFF and our projects. Now thanks to one of our generous board members providing a $1,000 match pool, we'll take a few moments on Giving Tuesday (that's 12/1) to see if we can reach the $15,000 goal established for ExtraGive. Give a click to ppff.gives/givingtuesday2020 if you happen to find a little additional money in the couch cushions.
The City of Harrisburg's Reverse Holiday Parade on Saturday was just a lot of fun (although Bernadette, Sarah, Marci, and I all noted a bit of shoulder stiffness from waving to the steady stream of passing cars). Big thanks to Highland Gardens of Camp Hill for loaning us five lovely little evergreens for the display. It was just a delight to spend a little time with Bernadette's granddaughters and to see all the smiling friendly faces, paying particular note to the presence of an inflatable unicorn in the small field to our right. Nearly every little girl who passed could be heard to shout "Unicorn!" just as they cleared our assigned space. For us, the day concluded with very special visitors to our virtual campsite. See? Even stormtroopers like the outdoors.
Between #OptOutside Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Giving Tuesday comes CyberMonday. You might consider a living gift from PPFF ...
Or how about a new t-shirt or hoodie from the Friends of Michaux's Bonfire campaign. Pretty design!
This week's jigsaw is a mystery puzzle. Are you up for the challenge?