I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring! However, it seems that “Old Man Winter” has his own plans. The temperature is still bone-chilling cold across much of the United States! And according to forecasts, we won’t be dialing down our thermostats anytime soon – with winter’s icy grip holding on longer than predicted.
That means all of our Marist Brothers’ retirement homes will need extra, unplanned funds to keep the heaters humming.
As I sit in my office, looking out a frost-covered window, I see bare February trees still wearing their winter icicles – and I’m growing more worried by the moment. I’m not sure we can keep our elderly and disabled Brothers’ homes wrapped in warmth until winter thaws into spring. In fact, without your help, I’m not sure we’ll have the funds to meet this month’s heating bills.
I turn to you, as a valued Marist Brothers’ friend. Can we count on your support?
Your generous gift will help keep our elderly and disabled Brothers warm this winter! No matter what you can afford – even if it’s only $25 – your support will mean so much!
To be honest, I didn’t expect to need your help this winter. Last year, we needed about $52,000 to heat all our Marist Brothers’ retirement facilities, so we budgeted accordingly for this year. But we certainly never thought frigid temperatures would last quite this long. Our budget can’t stretch much further!
Without your warmhearted generosity, the Brothers’ heating budget could run cold at any moment.
If you or a loved one suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, then you understand how a cold environment aggravates joint pain. Certain medications, too, can increase sensitivity to cold. What’s more, our doctors recently informed me that dialing down the thermostat to save a few nickels comes with a steep cost for our Brothers diagnosed with high blood pressure!
Help us protect our elderly and disabled Brothers’ health. Our heating budget is a few degrees from zero, and your gift is more important than ever.
You know, sometimes I hear from our friends that they just cannot afford a large gift…so why bother? I’m here to tell you that every gift – large and small – matters. Think of the nickels with my letter. They add up to so little on their own. Now imagine adding many more nickels. Nickel by nickel, the total grows. In the same way, if every Marist Brothers’ friend sends a gift, the support adds up. We will soon have a cushion to cover our heating costs. That would be a blessing to us!
When your gift arrives, our elderly and disabled Marist Brothers will want to send you warm thoughts and gratitude. So please, write your prayer intentions on the enclosed response slip and send the slip back to me along with your gift. When your gift arrives, the Brothers and I will thank God for your support and include your prayer intentions in our prayers for you and your loved ones.
Before I sign off, I want to thank you again for your support and friendship. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what better time to wish you a “bouquet” of health, happiness, and the warm love of family and friends.
God bless you for caring,
Br. Hugh P. Turley, F.M.S.
Director of Development