Saving the majestic Angel Oak has been one of this community’s most historic efforts.

The support of the Friends of the Angel Oak — in the form of volunteer hours, letter writing, meeting attendance and donations — has been extraordinary.

The Lowcountry Open Land Trust has taken on the challenge of raising $1.2 million to purchase 17 acres near the oak, preserving the rural landscape for generations to come and also protecting the tree and its complex ecosystem.

Once again, the public has stepped in to help.

In just six weeks, nearly 9,000 supporters have sent checks, donated at the Piggly Wiggly checkout counters and given at nearly 20 Johns Island businesses that are helping collect funds. Now it’s time to make a final, lasting difference in the life of the Angel Oak.

Our community has the opportunity to bring the total number of donors to 10,000.

Giving as little as $5 would make a real impact, and giving sends a strong signal. If 10,000 neighbors care enough, there’s nothing we can’t do together. You can visit http://www.lolt.org or initiatives/angel-oak-preserve.html for more information, or send a check to the Lowcountry Open Trust, 43 Wentworth St., Charleston, S.C. 29401.

What better tribute would there be to this group’s work than to help reach the goal of $1.2 million raised with 10,000 supporters recruited?

Samantha J. Siegel

Co-founder

savetheangeloak.org

Spring Street

Charleston