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Oona, age 12

Oona has inspired us here at the Coalition since she sent in her first donation on her birthday three years ago. She has continued to donate each year on her birthday and we are so honored to have her support our work. Oona graciously took the time to share with us why she thinks the desert is worth protecting.

I first learned about your organization because I wanted to donate for my birthday, so we looked for an organization that helped the desert. I decided to donate to the desert because it’s a very unique place and it’s really enjoyable.

I think the Sonoran Desert is worth protecting because it is a place for people to be with nature.

I think the Sonoran Desert is worth protecting because it is a place for people to be with nature. It is also home to many animals and the only place where Saguaro cacti grow. It is really amazing after rain because it’s so fresh and new and it smells like creosote.

I think your work helps protect the desert by making sure that the animals that live there are safe.

I really like the barrel cactus because it’s short, it has colorful flowers and you can play music on it by pressing its thorns down and letting them bounce back up. I also like the burrowing owl.

Once, I was hiking with my friend and I found a place that had a lot of quartz, so it looked like snow and a barrel cactus and it was really cool. We ate lunch there, but I have not found it again.

I like to rock climb, and on a hot day I like to hike to a swimming hole, and jump off the rocks into the water.

Thank you for protecting the desert!
Oona

Thank you so much Oona for being such an inspiration, for supporting our work, and for taking time to enjoy the desert!

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