I'm sure we've all recently experienced leaving the grocery store after a massive shop, bringing back food and supplies that allow us to stay comfortable and safe while hunkered down at home with our families. Yesterday, after enjoying the additional luxury of mail order beer delivery, I had a brief and all-too-rare moment of self awareness recognizing how fortunate we were during these upside-down times to not have to worry about the most basic of things, like where our next meal will come from. But some people do not have that same security and the pandemic has excacerbated many already tenuous situations. Family of Woodstock has existed since 1970 providing a wealth of services to people in legitimate need here in Ulster County (where my wife Faedra and I grew up.) Emergency food pantries, shelters, domestic violence services, counseling and support hotlines are but some of the good they do for the Hudson Valley. As you can imagine, in the midst of the pandemic they are currently stretched thin as they try to continue to provide food and essential services to the community's most vulnerable families.
As it so happens, it's Faedra's birthday. Those of you who know her well understand how selfless, empathic, and caring a person she is, and as a small gesture I decided to make a donation in her name to Family of Woodstock. I then thought it might just be worth seeing if anyone else would like to do the same. Goes without saying that there's no obligation or expectation at all here - some of you here have similar ties to Woodstock, though many of you do not. It's a small organization with a tangible, very human impact and thus it's very real to say that every donation, no matter the amount, is impactful. I hope everyone is healthy, safe, and well. Love and thanks from our whole family to yours.