Holiday Cheer and Gratitude.

This time of year is a wonderful for many reasons: shared meals, time with family and friends, vacations, holiday parties, snow (where applicable), exchanging gifts and most importantly it is a time when we are encouraged to stop, reflect and appreciate everything we are grateful for.

On Belay is blessed with community of support that is unparalleled. I am regularly awe struck by the generosity of our volunteers, donors, participants and their families and often by complete strangers who believe in the value of our program.

Last Tuesday, On Belay volunteers raised over $3,700 at a Boston Bruins home game to support our programs. An opportunity made possible by the generosity of the Bruins Foundation, the donation of transportation to and from Boston by Regal Limousine in Portsmouth and the tenacity and passion of each of our volunteers as they sold 50/50 raffle tickets.

On Saturday many of the same volunteers summoned their holiday cheer to host “Caution Gingerbread Construction” a fundraiser designed entirely by University of New Hampshire student volunteers. The turn out at this year’s event blew away expectations and sent volunteers running for extra supplies mid event.

As 2010 comes to a close I want to thank all of the people who make On Belay the organization it is today. In 2004 Crescentia Helay- True was a woman on a mission to ensure children, like her two daughters, would have a community to turn to when faced with the challenge of a cancer diagnosis in their family. Today, On Belay is a thriving organization because of the community who support this vision.

On behalf of the board and staff – we could not do this without you.

May your holidays and be merry and bright and again, thank you for your support.