It means the world to me that you folks, very few of which I've met in reality, chose to support my efforts and a shelter that's most likely far from your home. I'm guessing this type of giving is not the norm, so please realize that I consider you all to be quite exceptional humans!
We appreciate every single cent of each donation. This money that we have raised together will go so far to improve the lives of kittens, adult and senior cats. It will fund many great programs and causes and provide our shelter with the resources to do so much today and in the future, too! Thank you for caring and giving so much. Thank you for believing in the mission of our shelter and choosing to support it.
And thank you to everyone for tolerating this long month of asking. I know it's got to get a bit exhausting at times seeing all of those pleas in your Facebook and Twitter feeds. I tried to mix in content that wasn't related to our fundraising, but still, there were times when I know I saturated your feed with maybe too many requests for donations - especially when we were getting close to meeting a match. Thank you for understanding and not "unfollowing" us last month
And an extra special thanks to the following folks:
Thank you for tolerating a month of fundraising madness yet again. I know it must be frustrating when important things get pushed to the side and life gets scheduled around what time the matching donation challenge of the day ends. I appreciate your flexibility during these hairy four weeks. Thank you for creating a beautiful painting of Charlene for the auction, too.
Thank you for sharing shelter stories, photos, and statistics. I know what you shared inspired a whole lot of giving, and I'm grateful for that.
Team Members Shana, Sarah, and Marguerite:
Thank you once again for working hard to raise squillions! Everyone met their goals (and then some) and helped put us WAY over the top this year!
Opal, Ellis, and Lola:
You are special young people and your generosity touched many hearts and triggered many donations. Thank you for being you. And thank you for using your creativity to raise so much money.
Thank you for crafting those adorable cozies for our auction. They brought in a pretty penny and are going to make the auction winner very happy!
Thank you for putting on your tuxedo on the hottest day of the year and helping us answer the phones. You're a trooper!
Thank you for writing a very nice piece on the IBKC. The article brought lots of new fans our way!
All our human, feline, and canine friends who walked the walk:
Craig, Shana, Jim, Sarah, Maya, Cora, Ninja Bob, Bob, Allie, Lynn, Alex, Boo Boo, Melissa, and Wylla
Jana and the IPop family:
Thank you for donating the magnet sets for us to give away!
Christy of Libertine Tacoma:
Thank you dear for donation portion of your sales to help the cats and kittens out! We appreciate your generosity and quality goods!
To our adopters:
Thank you for providing the wonderful updates on your babies. We loved seeing how they've grown!
Thank you for offering up a wonderful matches and inspiring folks to meet them! And thank you, Mary H, for stitching up all the beds for the shelter cats!
Our auction winners:
Thank you for your generous bids and providing us with entertainment as we watched the bidding frenzy!
Awesome Anonymous Donors:
Thank you for the many huge matches. I will do the rest of my thanking of you in private, because I respect your wish to remain anonymous, but I will say publicly, that you are awesome.
And of course, dear Cynthia:
Your heart is huge for our cause, and we appreciate you so much. The way you give is beautiful and generous in so many ways. Thank you for the many matches you offered. Your giving inspired so many to give, and you are such a big part of that total we raised. Thank you too for creating the video and sharing with us why you choose to give to our shelter. You moved many people with your words, including myself.
Now please multiply the gratitude I have expressed times a squillion, and know that even that falls short of how I truly feel.
This community is amazing, and unlike any other I've seen online. It's filled with positive, caring, beautiful, giving people. I hope your heart feels as full as mine does right now.
Thank you, dear ones. I love you.