Trees & Benches
Mar. 18, 2011 4:40 pm
Updated: Mar. 25, 2011 2:28 pm
(I know weird title, but trying to make it stand out too much if Cindy pops in)
As many of you know, there has been an interest shown in doing something for Cindy and Danny Lepp. Soup Loving Nicole offered to coordinate this and I, in turn offered to help her with some of the legwork. Just to update
everyone as I notice there is lots of questions and people wanting reassurance that we are moving forward. Soup Loving Nicole works full-time and has had a particularly hectic week. I can only do so much from Canada but I do have free long distance and have
been making some phone calls and doing internet legwork.
As far as I know so far, the only two suggestions so far are either a tree or a park bench. Please leave any other suggestions in your comments below.
The City of Benton has no program in their parks for planting trees or dedicating park benches. The two programs I have been able to find for tree planting only offer to buy trees for reforestation and
you can request them to be planted in your State, but nothing further and you would not know exactly where your tree is, nor be able to visit it. I have started wondering if arranging a gift certificate at her local nursery to purchase their favorite tree
would be an idea.
I think there is also an interest in being very careful how any monies are collected as the last thing we want is any sense of unfairness when this is all about a very sensitive situation. I contacted
AR Elizabeth today and asked if there was any way they could help us collect the funds and pay for any order we might place. AR has replied this afternoon that they are unable to help us with collecting any funds, but they would like to contribute to whatever
we decide. In the meantime, they have sent flowers today. AR Elizabeth has suggested we look into PayPal or some similar service to collect funds. I would not set up PayPal myself because currencies would cross borders twice and money would be lost in exchange
rates. I wonder if any of you know more about services like PayPal and if a collection there is possible. And also if we two Buzzers living close together, if it could somehow be joint to reassure people a bit? I must be the most trusting sole on the planet,
but obviously people have concerns and I hope we can solve that by working together.
It is my feeling that if we all enclose a few dollars in a card, it would be overwhelming for the family and really take away from the intent of us doing something special. I think it is appropriate
however, for people to send cards to Cindy & Danny to cheer them at such a difficult time. Their address can be found via Cindy's blog "A Different Journey" and connecting to her link there for Caring Bridge. There are also some people who are sending their
own gift privately. Hopefully, we can start moving further forward with this over the weekend and would appreciate any ideas from all of you!
Thank you to everyone for participating ~ I hope we can get something sorted fairly quickly.