I am in awe of the way Zinnia has befriended every dog, donkey, sheep, and barn cat at Bedlam Farm. She still likes to chase the chickens but has no interest in harming or eating them.
She has been butted, snorted at, and ignored, and she accepts none of these rejections. She just keeps coming back until she is accepted, and offered a peace kiss.
I call her the “hope” dog because he good humor and gentleness and patience neve leads her, not for a second.
Speaking of hope, I’d like to keep the Mansion/Refugee Fund ready.
In the Fall, I expect we will have some Amazon Wish Lists to support for Bishop Maginn High School, as they re-open.
I am also trying to continue our gift card program, food insecurity has, alas, not disappeared as the world begins to re-open. We’re not out of the woods.
If you would like to support our Price Chopper Gift Card Program, you can do so by purchasing gift cards here in any amount and sending them to me at the farm: Jon Katz, 2502 State Route 22, Cambridge, N.Y., 12816 or to my post office box, Jon Katz, P.O. Box 205, Cambridge, N.Y., 12816.
If you prefer, you can send a donation to me directly via Paypal, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by check, Jon Katz, Gift Cards, P.O. Box 205, Cambridge, N.Y., 12816. I’ll be happy to purchase the cards on your behalf.
This program is one of the best things we’ve ever done.
You can see the gift cards and buy some here.
We also have meaningful work to do at the Mansion. Several new residents need clothes, several Mansion aides need food support for themselves and their families. Several of the Mansion aides also need some food support.
And I’m still arranging healthy lunches and dinners for the exhausted Mansion staff, who can proudly say they have no lost a single resident to the virus.
But they are paying in exhaustion and anxiety.
I’d also like to help some of Bishop Maginn teaches buy supplies and books for their classes in September. Some kids need clothes and shoes.
The Mansion/Refugee Fund is getting low, I could use some help. Everyone who contributes gets a Zinnia postcard.
Small donations are as welcome as big ones. If you can and wish to contribute, you can do so via Paypal, email@example.com, or by check, Jon Katz, Mansion/Refugee Fund, P.O. Box 205, Cambridge, N.Y., 12816.
Thanks so much.