Special Christmas greetings dear Friends,
My letter today is both happy and sad. On the “happy” side, I’m looking at a long “to-do” list of preparations for our Christmas in July celebration.
It’s a tradition that Br. Roy began years ago and faithfully kept going, even while battling cancer, until his passing. Br. Roy was quite a character and his deep love of the Christmas season meant that one celebration was not enough. Every July, he would unpack decorations, put up a tree, and pass out small presents to everyone!
In all the merriment, Br. Roy gave to all an extra gift, something unique that could not be tucked in a box. This gift came from his heart, wrapped in love and kindness. He reminded everyone about the true Christmas spirit—a time when we give to those who need without question. It’s something that comes so easily in December but really belongs in every month—don’t you think?!
Br. Roy’s Christmas in July tradition remains. We miss his joyous spirit, passion for life and of course, his enthusiastic leadership. Yet, we continue to celebrate Br. Roy’s tradition and our celebration would not be as merry without you…and I have the perfect gift for our Brothers!
This perfect gift brings me to the “sad” part of my letter. But, with your help, we can turn the situation around and bring peace and health to so many Brothers. You see, our monthly cost for life-saving prescription medications has risen beyond our budget. It costs us $3,243 EVERY MONTH to cover prescription costs for our elderly and disabled Brothers.
What does this mean annually? Almost $40,000 a year!!
It’s a staggering cost, but simply not something we can cut back. It is only with their medications that our elderly and disabled Brothers can live beyond merely functioning—so they can live life with all the joy and purpose that would make Br. Roy proud!
In the end, it’s not only the Brothers who rely on these medications. These Brothers may be “retired,” but they still give so much to so many. They are vital members of their community, whether this means being kind to neighbors down the street or fellow Brothers in their retirement facility. Even the feeblest Brother provides solace to those in need—an interested ear, a spiritual shoulder to lean on and always a kind word. I’m sure you see how your donation means more than the ability to refill next month’s prescription needs. The circle of love that these medications uphold is far-reaching and crucial.
In honor of our joyous Christmas in July celebration, I ask you to think about the true meaning of Christmas—something that we should celebrate in the 12th month, the 7th month, and every month in between!
Do you see now how your donation, whatever you can afford, gives the gift of life? Your gift may not be wrapped in shiny red and green paper, but you should know that it will be received with tremendous gratitude, perhaps the most valuable gift you’ve ever given.
Before making your Christmas in July gift online, I want to give you a special gift, too. On the top of our website page in the main menu under “Pray with us”, take a moment to write down your prayer intentions to us or click here. The Brothers and I want very much to include your prayer intentions during a special Christmas in July Mass that will be celebrated on July 25th in honor of you and your loved ones. It is our way of celebrating your kindness and generous giving spirit.
Thank you so very much for all you do to help our fellow Marist Brothers. The Brothers and I keep you in our prayers every day, and we do hope that you understand how much we appreciate your continued help.
Merry Christmas in July to you!
Br. Hugh P. Turley, F.M.S.
Director of Development
P.S. Please send your gift today . Prescription payments are mounting up fast, and I truly need your support . I have faith that you are there for us. Thank you !