Friends of Compassion
Compassion is a purpose uniting values that treat all human beings with respect.
The dedication of
the Tree of Compassion
has been moved to July 2021
on the site of the Hughes Library
at Heritage Green.
Here is an updated
model of the sculpture
and process timeline:
Think of others.
An important moment in time
"Although we had no idea at the time, our relationship with the Tree of Compassion began when our children were enrolled in Gwen Goad's Montessori Education Center. It grew when our children's grandparents attended the presentations and international festivals that all the children participate in.
My husband's parents even became the school grandparents!
And now, the fourth generation is born. Our children's children are busy becoming kind, sharing people, in part because their parents were taught compassion in their formative years by Gwen Goad.
In honor of these generations, we pledge $400.00 to the Tree of Compassion."
— Jim and Sharon Campbell
THIS LETTER BY GREENVILLE'S ONLY OMBUDSMAN, META JONES, SIMPLIFIES HOW THE FRIENDS OF COMPASSION BECAME A MULTIGENERATIONAL MOVEMENT.
Dear Gwen —
Last evening is a memory to be treasured. It was filled with meaning and memories. Surely you went off to New York to receive a merited award, floating on a cloud of assurance of love and support from your many friends here, your extended family.
Your delightful play, timely recognition of Myra, and her contributions were just the right prelude to the beautiful tributes your mother (and you) and to Sara. Our memories of these gallant women were reawakened. They are treasured even more as we were reminded of the worthiness of their lives.
Thank you, Gwen, for all the significant events you foster, for giving us the opportunity, in a respectful way, to honor these stalwart women of the past, and you, a stalwart woman of the present.
May 22, 1991