The family of Amanda Lindhout says it is “deeply touched by the kindness and generosity” of Red Deer-area supporters in a New Year’s greeting released on Wednesday.
“We are blessed to be part of a community whose family values and compassion helped us gain Amanda’s freedom and made the reunion of our family possible for the holidays,” says the email greeting that includes a photo of Amanda and family members in a room decorated for Christmas.
“There are no words to express our gratitude to the many individuals, churches, businesses, friends and strangers alike, whose combined efforts made this possible and for those who continue to offer us support.
“We extend heartfelt wishes for joy and peace to you and your family in the New Year,” finishes the brief message.
Freelance reporter and former Sylvan Lake resident Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were released on Nov. 25 after spending 15 months in captivity at the hands of Somalian kidnappers.
Lindhout, 28, quietly returned to Alberta earlier this month and released her own statement of thanks eight days later on Dec. 17. It included a photo of a healthy-looking Lindhout posed next to a small Christmas tree.
“The belief I would one day be reunited with my family gave me the strength to endure a difficult situation that often looked hopeless,” she said in her message.
Lindhout has yet to speak publicly about her ordeal.
Sarah Geddes, a spokeswoman for the family, said donations to the Amanda Lindhout Trust would be gladly accepted although the family is unlikely to ask for themselves.
“There are steep financial hurdles to overcome so ongoing support is graciously accepted,” she said. Donations can be made at any Bank of Montreal branch.