Dear Caring Supporters,
Christmas is quickly approaching. Before long, we'll be looking to decorate our trees, light up our homes, wrap gifts, and gather with family and friends. We'll contemplate the miracle of Christ's birth - the Word made flesh to bring hope to a world in need!
But, sadly, for many families and individuals in need here in Southeast Michigan, what should be a time of joy and new hope is tremendously painful.
Some parents will be thinking, "How will we feed our children? How will we make their Christmas happy? Will we even be able to pay our bills and stay warm?"
The disturbing reality as I write today is that some local families are literally going hungry. But you can do something about this tragic reality...
You can bring the hope and joy of the season to our neighbors in need. And in giving to others you'll also be preparing your own heart to experience Christmas in a memorable way!
You'll be coming to the aid of someone who really needs help... someone like Peter.*
Peter spent his life laboring in construction to support his disabled son, Michael, and wife, Shelly. Decades of intensive work took its toll. The tips of his fingers are permanently swollen to twice their normal size and he is hardly able to use his hands. Peter spent years breaking his back to make ends meet.
Michael had a serious disease that affected his nerve endings. He endured 26 surgeries. Peter and Shelly did all they could to help their son and give him hope for the future.
Unfortunately, despite all the surgeries, Michael died at the age of 19. Both mother and father were devastated.
Shortly thereafter, when their heartache was almost manageable, Shelly was diagnosed with cancer. Despite her brave battle, six months later she was gone and Peter was alone and broken.
He had lost all hope in life, in God, in everything...
Deep in debt after caring for the needs of his son and wife, Peter couldn't keep up with basic bills. When his power shut off notice came and services were terminated, he turned to St. Vincent de Paul and asked for help. We welcomed him with open arms, listened to his story, and felt the sting of his tremendous suffering and loss.
We worked with the power company and helped to take care of Peter's bill and provide him with other urgently needed help so he could remain safe and warm in his home. We were able to give this nearly broken man, who had lost everything, a chance for a better retirement.
We also provided Peter with a little hope that the rest of his life might be o.k. after all.
The help and the simple fact that someone cared moved him tremendously. "I want you to know," he said, "that the kindness of the people here at St. Vincent de Paul has meant a great deal to me. I lost my faith when my son and wife passed, but the compassion you've shown me has given me hope again - and I want to pass that on to others. Thank you so very much."
This is what YOU help make possible. As a supporter of St. Vincent de Paul, you help us to provide hope to those in great need in Southeast Michigan.
Will you help us extend the joy and hope of Christmas to others like Peter?
Every gift is a great blessing and prevents suffering. May god bless you this Christmas and in the New Year for caring enough to bring hope to people in need in Southeast Michigan.
With deep gratitude,
William D. Brazier
St. Vincent de Paul Detroit
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Detroit
3000 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48207
Toll Free: 1-877-ST VINCE (1-877-788-4623)
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