Journal entry by Wendy Gorski

Nicki has asked that instead of flowers, donations be directed to a fund in memory of Ben.  It has been set up through their church, United Methodist Church of Chugiak.  Click the following link, select “Make a One Time Gift”, enter your info, then enter the amount into the “Ben Schneider Memorial Fund”. http://umcchugiak.org/giving/   

The fund charges no fees and the money will compile to be directed solely at Nicki’s discretion.  This allows her time to consider how to donate the monies in a way that best represents Ben's work of getting children and youth out into nature.  The recipient programs will include the project Ben was working on of creating a mountain bike skills course out at the Mirror Lake Singletrack, as well as a program that buses kids not otherwise exposed to the Eagle River Nature Center, out for field trips.

At this uncertain and isolating time, a service for Ben will be deferred until we can be together.  Simply put, as he gathered us in life, so too will we gather for him again.  Hopefully we can do so sometime this summer, pending Covid 19 directives.

If you are like us, we have been yearning to hear Ben's voice.  You can commune with us in seeing the world through his eyes at his blog:   https://movingtoak.blogspot.com

This will be my last post unless I have more information for you, so perhaps this summer.  If you choose to ‘Follow’ this site, you will be notified by email of any following posts.  

Thank you so much for being Ben's gift to his family during this terrible time.  They couldn't have done this as gracefully without your memories, encompassing love and enduring support.  As you come across stories and pictures of Ben, please continue to post in the Well Wishes section.  Your remembrances help fill this dark void with light.  Peace be with you.
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