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ISSUE 5 DECEMBER 10TH, 2020

 

The cover of GDB’s Gratitude Report, featuring a smiling yellow Lab guide dog.

2020 Gratitude Report Now Available Online

Fiscal year 2020 was like no other and we are so grateful for your unwavering support! This year’s report pays tribute to our entire community of donors, volunteers, board, staff, and alumni for your continued encouragement and support through these unprecedented times.

DOWNLOAD AND SHARE OUR FISCAL YEAR 2020 GRATITUDE REPORT

 

Three guide dogs and two pups in training smile at the camera with festive lights behind them.

Virtual Holiday Celebration a PAWsitive Success!

More than 2,500 GDB and GDBI supporters registered for our Virtual Holiday Celebration held December 6th. The event featured red carpet fun, amazing videos, client stories, and lots of adorable puppies! If you missed the festivities, you can view the event and still make a donation to support our mission! 

WATCH OUR VIRTUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!

 

GDB graduate Ginny Prince standing on a wooded path looking at her yellow lab guide dog Biscuit

Client Testimonial: GDB Built Trust with Me Before I Began Training

At GDB, we are grateful for the trust and partnerships that we create with our clients. And these relationships have been at the forefront of our minds as we have safely resumed our campus programs and services.

GDB graduate Ginny Prince was a member of GDB's first in-residence training class held on the California campus since the pandemic began. In a recent testimonial, Ginny describes how she felt included and recognized by being involved in some of GDB’s COVID-related planning, and how grateful she is for her new guide dog, Biscuit.

WATCH GINNY’S SIT-DOWN INTERVIEW, INTERSPERSED WITH PHOTOS OF HER AND HER YELLOW LAB GUIDE DOG, BISCUIT.

 

Leslys Garrow Vedder poses for a photo surrounded by three plush guide dog puppies wearing green GDB training vests.

Donor Offers Matching Gift Opportunity in Memory of Her Husband

Leslys Garrow Vedder has long admired Guide Dogs for the Blind and appreciates that guide dogs are far more than excellent mobility aids: they provide companionship as well as enhanced confidence, independence, and inclusion. For our year-end holiday campaign, Leslys provided a $100,000 matching gift opportunity to honor her late husband, Dr. James Forrest Vedder, who lost an eye as a child.

READ ABOUT LESLYS LOVE FOR GDB AND DONATE TO HAVE YOUR GIFT MATCHED!

 

Gigi Rodriquez hugs Nessa, a black Labrador Retriever guide dog puppy wearing a green GDB training vest.

Volunteer Discovers Larger Purpose Raising a Guide Dog

A year ago, Gabriela “Gigi” Rodriguez, a sophomore in high school, embarked on a personal mission — to help raise a guide dog puppy. She was inspired by watching the documentary film, “Pick of the Litter,” on Netflix that traced the process of puppies raised by volunteers and then trained by professionals to become guide dogs. Gigi thought it would be amazing to channel her love for dogs into helping give the gift of more independence to someone who is blind. Along the way, she discovered a larger purpose.

 
READ THE ARTICLE ON GIGI’S DOGGED DETERMINATION TO RAISE GUIDE DOGS

 

GDB client Wayne Sibson walks along a grass-lined path with his black Lab guide dog, Orion.

Shop Amazon Smile and Help GDB!

Now’s your chance to shop for holiday gifts and help GDB at the same time! It’s easy when you shop using Amazon Smile.

 
  1. Go to smile.amazon.com
  2. Log into your account and select Guide Dogs for the Blind as your supported charity

That’s it! Then every time you shop, go through smile.amazon.com instead of the primary site. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to GDB every time you shop at no cost to you!

 
SHOP AMAZON SMILE
 

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