I want to acknowledge all the fans who continue to support me in so many ways. Whether through fan mail or acts of kindness done on my behalf, the positive energy which comes my way means a lot to me. I was truly inspired by all the good works done in my name for my 30th birthday. I'd like to ask that any special occasions or reasons to celebrate which might make you want to send me a gift be marked in the same way. Knowing that the world is improved in some small way, whether through the planting of trees or donations to charity, is the most meaningful gift to me.
 

Nathaniel Marston

August, 2005

 

A holiday. A birthday. Just because his work moved you or made you smile today. Nathaniel's fans have lots of reasons for wanting to send him a gift. While Nathaniel always appreciates the support he gets, the best gift you can give him is to give to someone else. If he's touched you in some way, reach out and touch someone else. Instead of sending him a teddy bear, buy one for a needy child during the holidays. Instead of sending him candy, drop some coins in a collection jar for the animal shelter. A small act of kindness or donation to charity can make the difference in someone's life.

 

If you'd like to let Nathaniel know that you've done an act of kindness or made a donation on his behalf, you can print out the postcard below. Postcards use less paper than traditional cards, thereby using fewer trees. The card was designed by Tessarae of the Diner of Love website for Nathaniel's 30th birthday, using one of the photographs he took as a teen (with his permission). We're leaving it up here, along with some links for charitable organizations and tree-planting sites, so that fans who wish to go this route can find some ideas.

 

Lynn Purto, a long-standing NMFC member, recently took this message to heart when trying to decide what to do for Nathaniel's 33rd birthday. Click here to read her heartfelt letter describing how Nathaniel inspired her to do good works: Ronald McDonald House


Link to Tessarae's Tree Postcard




You don't have to spend any money. A good deed done in his honor would make Nathaniel very happy. You can consult the "Random Acts of Kindness" book for ideas, or check out these websites:

Random Acts of Kindness
www.helpothers.org/
Get ideas to do something nice for someone you know or a stranger!

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
www.actsofkindness.org/
A resource for people committed to spreading kindness. Freely provides a wide variety of materials, including activity ideas, lesson plans, project plans, ...

If you'd like to make a donation in his name, you can find the links to LESC and The Gabriel Project on the charity page, just click the Nathaniel link. Or if you'd like to support his interest in nature, you could plant a tree in his name or donate to an organization which focuses on the environment. You can imagine how happy it will make him to see these postcards showing up in his mailbox.

Here are some links if the charity idea appeals to you:

To plant a tree:

American Forests
www.americanforests.org/

Celebration Forest
www.celebrationforest.com/

Treegivers:
(You can have a tree planted in the state or country of your choice)
www.treegivers.com/

Environmental charities:

Earth Share
www.earthshare.org/get_involved/involved.html

The Sierra Club - US
www.sierraclub.org/

The Sierra Club - Canada
www.sierraclub.ca/

The Nature Conservancy - US
www.nature.org/

The Nature Conservancy - Canada
www.natureconservancy.ca/

The Conservation Fund
www.conservationfund.org/

If you’d like to donate but have a cause that is close to your heart, choose that instead. If you need some other ideas, the following website has a list of charities:
www.charityfocus.org/


However you choose to show your support of Nathaniel, rest assured that he appreciates the effort and acknowledgement . He’ll be the first to tell you he’s got the best fans around.