Christmas came a little early for the Brothers living in our largest Marist Brothers’ retirement facility. And when we unveiled the gift, you could almost hear a unanimous sigh of relief from every Brother. However, this year’s Christmas gift surpassed our usually frugal budget. You see, the new flooring cost $7,500!
In the spirit of Christmas, today I turn to you – as a devoted Marist Brothers’ friend – and ask for your support.
When I explain the gift’s backstory, you’ll hopefully understand how important your donation truly is! We found it absolutely essential to pull up the 40-year old, buckled carpeting in the Chapel and install smooth, hardwood flooring. While I won’t deny that the shabby, frayed carpeting was a wretched eyesore, the new wood flooring was not a luxury. It was an urgent necessity!
Of the many elderly and disabled Brothers who pray every day in this Chapel, nearly half rely on a wheelchair, walker, or cane. And nearly every day at least one Brother’s wheelchair, walker, or cane would catch on a patch of buckled or ripped carpeting. Thankfully, no one ever took a tragic tumble, but there were so many close calls. The Brothers were fearful to go into the Chapel!
Now, with the new wood flooring nailed down, our elderly and disabled Brothers feel safe as they enter the Chapel for morning and afternoon prayers. There are no worries when they gather for Vespers, thanking our God for His many favors. When Brothers visit the Chapel to pray the Rosary remembering dear friends, like YOU, there’s no fear of falling.
The only remaining fear is mine! How will we cover the $7,500 for our new wood flooring?
You are my hope this Christmas season!
Please help me pay for the Brothers’ new Chapel floor.
When I imagine our friends helping us raise the $7,500 we so urgently need – I can also imagine the elderly Brothers’ faces during Christmas Mass. You have no idea how they will rejoice in thanking God for your support and dedication to their safety.
I believe in my heart that you will remember the Brothers with a gift this season – and to show my appreciation for your generosity, I’m sending you a special Christmas prayer card. I pray that the words inspire you to remember the season’s true spirit of hope and giving.
Please know that whatever amount you can afford to send matters a great deal. It’s like the nickel tucked in with my letter. Imagine how little by little, bit by bit, nickels add up. In the same way, every gift, whether $15 or $150, will add up! If everyone in our extended Marist Brothers’ Family sends what they can this Christmas season, soon we’ll have the $7,500.
As you are here for our elderly and disabled Brothers, we are here for you! Please take a moment to write your prayer intentions on the enclosed response slip and send it back to me with your donation. If you send everything right away, the Brothers and I will be able to include your intentions in our special Christmas Mass. This is something we look forward to doing for you.
Before signing off, I hope you’re looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving, shared with family and loved ones. Please know that every Marist Brother wishes you a joyous and peace-filled Advent season.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Br. Hugh P. Turley, F.M.S.
Director of Development