It’s appropriate to get really mushy because it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, right?
I am going to share something I love about each of the chimpanzees below, but first I need to get mushy about you – Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest supporters.
First, a confession: fundraising has not been my life’s ambition. I’ve met people who I might call “born fundraisers,” and I can definitively say that they posses qualities that I simply do not.
However, the more I do this fundraising thing, the more I appreciate what a unique and special position I am in. I get to make dreams come true – dreams for the chimpanzees, and dreams for donors who support the chimpanzees. We are all very much in this together, with the same goals for the future, and I feel that connection when I talk to those who support the sanctuary.
Not many people have a job that is so fulfilling, and very few people have a job with so much positive feedback. Katelyn and I were talking about this in the office the other day – we regularly have people call or email to not only make a donation, but also to say that they love the work we are doing and appreciate us sharing stories of the chimpanzees, allowing them to feel connected to the chimps as the individuals who they are.
Thank you for being supportive and for sharing your love with the chimpanzees – and with the humans too!
Speaking of which… as I write this, we are just $1,797 away from reaching our $12,000 goal for the Share the Chimp Love fundraiser, which ends at the end of the day tomorrow. UPDATE: big thanks to Julie L. for donating exactly $1,797 after this post was published!
If you are feeling the love, but haven’t yet made a donation, you can share that love now on this page. You can choose to spread the love even further by donating in honor of someone else for Valentine’s Day, or just make a donation for the love of Annie, Burrito, Foxie, Jamie, Jody, Missy, and Negra.
Below are just some of the things that I love about each of the chimpanzees at the sanctuary.
It would be so fun for me if you also shared what you love about Annie, Burrito, Foxie, Jamie, Jody, Missy, and Negra in the comments!
I love ANNIE’s serenity:
and her bird noises!
I love when BURRITO’s “chimpanzeeness” really comes through (for the full explanation of the video below, see this blog post from 2013 when it was originally published):
I love FOXIE’S “happy toes” (video from 2010):
I love JAMIE’s brave leadership:
I love JODY’ nesting skills:
I love MISSY’s ability to entertain herself:
I love NEGRA’s playful moments (video from 2011):
Thank you again for being a part of Sharing the Chimp Love!