Shepherdstown's On the Wings of Dreams shop has once again donated a portion of its sales proceeds to the Potomac Valley Audubon Society.
This is the seventh year shop owner Laura Rau has set aside three cents from each crystal and mineral sold during the year to donate to the Society.
This year's donation totals $250, and is based on 2013 sales. It brings the total the shop has donated to the Society so far to $1,565.
All these donations have been used to support the Society's programs for children, which include camps, scholarships and programs that promote conservation and exploration in nature.
This year's donation was presented on April 2 at the store. The accompanying photo shows Ms. Rau, right, and PVAS Executive Director Kristin Alexander, left, with the store dog, Sedona. Behind Ms. Rau are two of the largest crystals currently in the store's inventory: a rare pair of amethyst cathedral geodes from Brazil.
"We're so grateful to Laura and her colleagues at the store for their generosity," said Ms. Alexander. "It's been a wonderful source of support for our programs."
"Supporting PVAS gives us the opportunity to participate in both environmental and humanitarian efforts," Ms. Rau said. "The Society's work to protect and preserve wetlands and other sensitive natural environments are vital in this fast-growing area. PVAS also sponsors numerous programs to educate children about the environment, encouraging them to get out in nature and away from the computer or TV. It's an important investment in the future all around."
"I want to give sincere thanks to our loyal employees for their ongoing efforts toward the success of the shop, which in turn benefits PVAS: Herb Clark, Melanie Climis, Dana Mitchell and Jacqueline Binkley, all from Shepherdstown."
"A very special thank you is also in order for the many customers of the shop whose crystal purchases in 2013 contributed to the PVAS donation."
The store is located at 139 West German Street. In addition to crystals, it offers a wide variety of sterling silver and natural stone jewelry; Native American jewelry, books and music; incense; sages, shells and prayer feathers; magical and ceremonial herbs; tools and statuary for practitioners of Buddhist, Hindu and Earth-Based spiritualities; essential oils; prayer flags and Tibetan and crystal singing bowls. Its website can be found at www.WingsOfDreamsShop.com.