As I was setting up our Save The Opera House booth at Kooskia Days last Saturday, a little girl about the age of 9 walked up, looked at the $7 in her possession and handed me $5 and said, “I want to save the opera house.” I immediately thought she wanted to buy a raffle ticket as we had several going as a fund-raiser. She politely told me no, she wanted to save the opera house. It was obvious she didn’t have a lot of money, and I asked her wouldn’t she rather buy something else with her money? She repeated, “I want to save the opera house.” I asked her, “Is this a donation?” She looked at me with her big brown eyes and said “yes.” I asked her name. She told me “Alexis Brown.” I pulled out a donation form and asked her address. She said she didn’t have an address yet and didn’t want me to fill out a form. I explained that if I filled out the form, and we couldn’t save the opera house I would send her money back to her. She looked me right in the eye and said, “No form. I just want to save the opera house.” I said, “Thank you” and she walked away. That little girl’s faith and generosity left me overwhelmed. Four times that little brown-haired, brown-eyed girl reiterated her assurance … save the opera house.
Alexis, wherever you are, thank you. If I could buy it for you, I would. We are trying very hard and, hopefully, someone with more money than you or I will step forward very soon.