• Doug Brendel

"The loveliest person I never met"


When he heard she died, a longtime supporter of New Thing said,

“Liudmila Kozovaya is the loveliest person I never met.”

I think many folks feel this way.

Several gave this past week — a total of $1812.37 — to honor her legacy with a permanent memorial in her home village in Belarus, and an ongoing Kozovaya Fund to meet the most pressing needs of Belarusian men, women, and children.

I’m grateful for each gift.

The memorial will be beautiful — but the Kozovaya Fund will be life-changing, maybe even life-saving, for many across Belarus in the years to come.

It’s so important, a few friends have stepped up spontaneously to offer an amazing matching challenge:

If friends of New Thing will give a total of $3000 toward the memorial and the Kozovaya Fund, the challenge fund of $3000 will be released.

This means any donation made toward this campaign, including the $1812.37 already donated, will be matched dollar-for-dollar, its impact doubled.

Your generosity will go twice as far, not only to honor the memory of The Great Kozovaya, but to launch the hugely important Kozovaya Fund, to help children and adults in need.

I hope you can help us achieve this valuable goal.

We just have $1187.63 to go.

Maybe you can be one of 10 friends giving $118.76. (Your gift will be worth $237.52!)

Or if 15 friends give $79.18, we’re there!

Or if 20 friends give $59.38....


Anyway, I’ll be grateful for whatever you can donate online here, or with a check in the mail.

Your gift will be matched, up to the $3000 total of the challenge.


Thanks for journeying with us!

Much love,

Doug Brendel

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