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GBCC Holiday WishesDec/2012
Dear Friends, 

As the holidays approach, and the year winds down, now is a time of reflection, gratitude, family, friends, and year-end celebrations. In the spirit of the holidays, many individuals and families look for ways to share their good fortune with their community, whether through volunteerism or monetary donation. Amid the calls for assistance, and reminders of the need that exists in our communities for action, let us first say thank you for all that you have done and continue to do on behalf of the Coalition. We strive, everyday, to make our watershed better, cleaner, greener, and central to all of the communities it touches. In the spirit of giving, allow us to share with you our successes and a project that needs your help, and consider GBCC in your holiday giving plans. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
Help Us Plant Seeds and Nurture Community
Ida Gaye Ribbon Cutting
Opening day and ribbon cutting at Ida Gaye Gardens

On a beautiful day in April 2011 we celebrated the opening of a new park in the Greens Bayou watershed. Ida Gaye Gardens is a collaboration of community partners that serves the low-income seniors at Langwick Senior Residence and many other seniors who live nearby. The land for the park was donated by developer Cherno Njie and named for his mother, Ida Gaye. Phase I of the park began beneath the shade of cottonwood trees where walking paths, perfect for exercise and quiet contemplation meander throughout the grounds. In the summer of 2012 exercise equipment specially designed for seniors was installed as well as interpretative signage, thus completing Phase II. As Spring approaches, plans are in place for the construction of Phase III, the raised-bed community garden. Help us make raised-bed gardens a reality with a donation today, and read about our specific plans:


Change from a Food Desert to A Food Oasis

Phase 3 of Ida Gaye Gardens will be the construction of raised bed community gardens to enable those who are handicapped or physically challenged to grow some of their own vegetables and herbs. Located in an area of Houston without a quality grocery store (commonly known as a food desert) the residents of Langwick are eager to get digging in the dirt and grow some of their own fresh food! A donation from you will allow us to break ground in the New Year.


Community Gardens Feed the Stomach and the Soul

Gardens feed more than just hunger.  Physical activities, like gardening, are documented to keep seniors healthier and active longer. The work of tending to the community garden (planting seeds, maintaining the soil, weeding, and harvesting) involves social interaction and low-impact outdoor exercise that contribute to a higher quality of life. A $5,000 seed grant from Cigna Healthcare, a $4,400 grant from United Way Houston and donation of garden drainage and soil by Caldwell Companies has us well on the way, but supplies, plants, tools, fertilizer and labor are still needed to implement the project. A donation of  $10, $25, $50 or $100 will purchase supplies like plants, gardens tools and mulch.


Give a Gift that Will Give Year-Round

A tax-deductible contribution to Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition will be directed to this worthwhile project. Help us build the raised-bed community gardens at Ida Gaye and provide a deserving community with a place to grow healthier and happier.


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We're so grateful for your support this past year. Blessings to you and yours in the New Year.





Jill Boullion
Executive Director
Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition