We recently received this moving thank-you letter from a recipient of our Operation Winter Warmth assistance. You made this lifesaving help possible, friends. We pass her thanks on to you.
To The Fellowship,
I'm so filled with emotion as I write this letter. What you've done for me can't be taken for granted.
Today I received a heater and a blanket which The Fellowship representative brought and helped bring into my home.
It was a moment of ambivalence for me. On the one hand, I was ashamed to receive such an important gift. I've never received such a principled gift from someone who doesn't know me at all.
On the other hand, it was comforting and encouraging to know that someone cares. It warmed my heart knowing that some people are really willing to reach out and help, and without receiving anything in return.
Lately I've felt that my mood has been pulling me down to a state of depression. I haven't gotten out of bed for the past two days. When The Fellowship representative called and said she was coming, I quickly got out of bed and fixed myself up a bit in her honor. Yes, I was ashamed . . . but she was so charming, and said, "Sometimes one needs to know how to receive." She understood my feeling. I thank her for that with all my heart.
Both the blanket and the heater will help me a lot!!!
I still can't believe there are wonderful people like you. This really improves the everyday reality in which I live. I'm not an extreme case. Perhaps my apartment looks clean and well maintained, but having no money is depressing. The loneliness is depressing. The need to calculate every day whether I haven't deviated from the budget and what to do without.
There was no heating in my room. Now there will be!!! And next year, if it gets really cold, at least I'll be able to turn on the heater you've given me.
Thank you all.
With great appreciation!!!
Bless you all,