In our two largest Marist Brothers’ retirement facilities, we had to batten down the hatches and turn up the heat far sooner than expected. November had barely begun when we went through our first arctic blast. Do you remember?
Now we’re feeling a serious financial pinch. It’s only February and I just learned that we’ve already gone through 2/3 of our heating budget – with unseasonably cold weather predicted to linger through April. I’m very concerned that we won’t be able to cover monthly heating bills for another three months.
Your gift will help us keep our Marist Brothers’ retirement facilities comfortably warm – no matter how low the temperature drops!
I assure you, we tried to create a heating budget that would avoid this winter shortfall. First we took last year’s total heating cost for our two largest retirement homes, which was $34,186.39, and then we added 10 percent more for rising costs. But how could we possibly know that “Old Man Winter” would land on our doorstep earlier than usual? How could we forecast bone-chilling temperatures when the leaves were still green on the trees?
We’re counting on our Marist Brothers’ friends to help us cushion the heating budget and make it through this grueling winter. With several more months of cold to go, whatever you can afford to share – whether $15, $25, or more – will be an enormous help.
Time is important! It’s only February and we’re already dipping into the March heating budget. With a frosty forecast ahead, your gift will be such a blessing.
The cold hard fact is that our heating budget is stretched beyond what we expected and dialing down the thermostat isn’t an option. Many of our elderly and disabled Brothers deal with health issues that are much better managed in an appropriate temperature – and our Brothers’ physicians warn us every winter to keep our retirement facilities at a healthy, comfortable temperature.
With your help, we’ll be able to cover our elderly Brothers’ heating budget all the way until the first lilac bush blooms.
If you aren’t sure that your gift will make a difference, consider the nickels traveling with my letter. Alone, you’re looking at 10¢ – which doesn’t buy much these days. But when you add as many “nickels” as you can, and then many more Marist Brothers’ friends add their “nickels,” we’ll quickly have a safe cushion for our heating budget.
I want to share something else. Each day, every Marist Brother says a prayer of thanks in Chapel for our kind friends who contribute so generously toward our elderly Brothers’ care. It would bring us such pleasure to include your special intentions in our prayers. So please, take a moment to write your intentions on the enclosed response slip and send it back to me along with your gift.
I’ll close my note by reminding you how much we appreciate your generosity. Thank you for being a true friend to our elderly and disabled Brothers!