This is a true story recently shared with us by one of our members who was inspired to make Promise to the Valley.
In late 2020, I was hit by a car. While I was extremely fortunate that I had no severe injuries, the emotional and physical recovery was quite a journey. With the added isolation of COVID, I often struggled to manage the stress and anxiety that were the aftermath of that traumatic event.
As I know is true for many in distress, I found my refuge outdoors. I was able to gain some peace and solace in the woods and fields around us, many of which Kestrel has helped to preserve. Being able to access such a powerful resource for self-care and healing is something for which I am deeply grateful.
I wanted to donate a portion of the funds from the accident settlement to “pay forward” my gratitude that I am alive and well. Kestrel was one of the first organizations that I thought of because of your role in providing me, and others (including wildlife) with places of safety and peace.
Being able to access such a powerful resource for self-care and healing is something for which I am deeply grateful.”
The important work Kestrel does has many well-known benefits (climate, habitat, overall mental health, expanding access to land and nature beyond a privileged few) but through my personal story, I wanted to specifically highlight your impact on my ability to heal through the places you help conserve. I am sure there are many similar stories of people with deep thanks in their hearts for the gift of nature in times of trouble and for Kestrel’s efforts to be sure it never disappears.
If you would like to share your story, you can submit it online here.
If you would like to join the Promise to the Valley campaign, learn how here.