b'8 CONCORD HOSPITAL TRUSTA CARING GIFT INTO PERPETUITY1933-2021For decades as an elementary schoolThe Trust is creating an endowmentShes doing it againin a very lasting teacher at Concords Conant School,in Theresas name to steward her gift.way, he said. This is about a caring person Theresa Downing lived humbly andInvestment income from the donation willcontinuing to care. She was obviously cared for the children in her classroom. be used annually, without restrictions, tothinking of others in making up her mind During that time, she also cared for thehelp support the organization.to make this donation. community around her as an annual donorAs a second-grader in the 1960s, CharlesPuleo said she learned that Theresa told to Concord Hospital. Fanaras was one of the countless childrenthe small number of people who knew of After her death, the Hospital learned thatwho bene\x1f tted from Theresas kindness.her means that she was happy with her life Theresas generosity will have a majorNow, as Chairman of Concord Hospitaland didnt need to take trips or splurge impact in caring for future generations.Trusts Board of Trustees, he can onlyon herself.She had named the Hospital in her estate,imagine how many others will bene\x1f t inShe probably was looking forward to leaving at least $1 million to support thethe future. the joy she was going to create for other organizations needs. A donation of that size is going to do sopeople when she passed, she said.Years ago, Theresa mentioned to Concordmuch good for so many people in so many Hospital Trust that in addition to herareas, he said. You cant describe how modest annual donations, she intended tomuch the community is going to bene\x1f t.bequeath a gift. The Hospital had no ideaFanaras fondly remembers Miss Downing how generous she would be.as a very nice, very quiet person who never raised her voice in class.After her death last summer, I received a notice that Theresa had included ConcordShe made you feel good, he said.Hospital in her will, along with \x1f ve otherFanaras said the named endowment isConcord Hospital Trusts charities, said Pamela Puleo, the Hospitalsan appropriate way to honor Theresas Chief Advancement O\x1e er. Then, a $1lifelong commitment of kindness andMargaret S. Pillsbury Society million check arrived with a note saying ittaking care of others. recognizes individuals who was a partial distribution of her bequest tosupport the Hospital through the Hospital. charitable bequests or life-income gifts. The Societys namesake left an endowment in 1899 to help patients of Concords Margaret Pillsbury General Hospital who were unable to pay for their care.'