Late in the day this past Saturday, three young people came up to the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s booth at the Bluemont Fair and handed us a big wad of cash and some change, equaling $127. 

It would be an understatement to say that we were speechless and overwhelmed by their generosity. 

In talking to them, we found out that they represent a group of young people in Round Hill called the 5 R’s, who are dedicated to the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, and repeat. 

For the Bluemont Fair they created and sold a number of arts and crafts made out of recycled materials, including crayons, bottle caps, bottle cap magnets, and soda tab chains, and donated all their earnings to the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.

In 2010, the 5 R’s helped us plant trees and shrubs on Waterford’s Phillips Farm, a joint habitat restoration project of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Waterford Foundation.  

We were thrilled when they helped with what has been our most successful habitat restoration project to date, and very thankful with their generous donation which will be used for similar work in the future.

The photo above was taken by Kim Ramsey at the fair. Pictured are some of the crafts, crayons and pop-top bracelets, that were for sale and four members of the 5 R’s: Alexis Zimmer-Chu (top), Erin Ramsey, Ellie Ramsey, and Patrick Ramsey.  Note: A lot more kids are involved in the 5Rs (7 families in all). What a wonderful group! Our heartfelt thanks to everyone!