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Donations Help Sanctuary Purchase New Tractor

An appeal by the Garden City Bird Sanctuary was recently sent out for help in funding the purchase of a new riding mower\tractor and responses from the community are positive!

President Rob Alvey received a call and met with local resident Robert Taylor offering assistance and asking about the type of tractor the local community preserve needed. On Sunday, Aug. 30, a new Sears Craftsman riding mower was delivered and Taylor presented a donation of $1,000 towards the purchase as his way of showing support for the Bird Sanctuary and the community. Taylor is the father of four sons, with twin boys entering ninth grade. He is a former scoutmaster with Garden City Troop 80 and has followed the news of many of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout projects that have been conducted at the Bird Sanctuary during the last 14 years. His wife, Elizabeth, had become ill several years ago, and the family was always very appreciative of the tremendous show of support and services provided by Troop 80 and the community toward his family. Elizabeth passed away earlier this year. Providing funds towards the new mower was felt to be a way of returning support to the community and the volunteer services that so many people provide.

As a thank you for this generous donation, the Garden City Bird Sanctuary will plant a tree in memory of Elizabeth A. Taylor. A dedication service is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 26, at 3 p.m. for all of the trees and shrubs donated in 2009 by families and friends to honor special people. The community is invited.

The Bird Sanctuary is grateful for this donation, which “kick starts” the emergency appeal for funds. Contributions for the mower fund can be sent to the Garden City Bird Sanctuary at P.O. Box 7507, Garden City NY 11530-7507 or call Rob Alvey at 326-1720.