Not long ago I mailed you a letter – asking for your help with a serious emergency.
In my letter, I shared that a budget crisis may leave some disabled veterans’ children heartbroken on Christmas morning.My letter contained two special envelopes to make a gift in November and in December – so you could help a wounded veteran without leaving you in a cash crunch this Christmas.
And now I’m emailing to remind you to give TODAY – so our heroes’ children aren’t left wondering why Santa didn’t bring them any presents on Christmas morning. If our letters crossed in the mail, thank you for being a blessing to a wounded hero this Christmas.
You’ve been a good friend to our severely disabled troops and their families. And I’m sure you realize when parents suffer physically and financially, their children suffer too.
So I thought you would want to know there’s a danger that some of these girls and boys may end up brokenhearted on Christmas morning. And here’s why:
A sudden budget crunch may force the Coalition to EXCLUDE hundreds of wounded warriors from our 2016 Secret Santa Project – our project to provide troops and veterans severely disabled in the War on Terror with $500 each to put presents from Santa under the tree.
Won’t you make a generous gift today to help make sure the family of every severely disabled hero on our list receives at least one present from Santa?
You’ve been a faithful and generous supporter of our disabled veterans in the past. But your continued kindness is so important, because I can’t stand the thought of disappointing even one little girl or boy on Christmas morning.
In my letter, I enclosed an emergency memo from Coalition President David Walker.
In it David shared that we’re facing a budget shortfall this Christmas because despite our supporters’ generosity, two recent appeals to help our severely disabled troops fell over $89,000 short of what we expected.
Soon our budget for emergency financial aid will run dry, and we will have to make an agonizing choice:
ONE: Stop providing emergency financial aid, which means turning away disabled troops and veterans unable to pay for food, rent, utilities and other basics.
TWO: Exclude some military families from our 2016 Secret Santa Project.
Right now we lack the funds to do both. And I’m hoping good friends like you will rescue us from having to help one group of desperate military families . . . and turn the other away.
Just look at what we’ve achieved together over the years through our innovation Secret Santa Project . . .
During the past ten Christmas Seasons the Coalition has sent 7,326 gift checks – worth $500 each – to our seriously injured servicemen and women.That means we have brought joy and laughter into the homes of thousands of wounded heroes – heroes who otherwise might not have much to smile about.
This budget crisis is putting the 2016 Secret Santa Project at serious risk . . . so Santa is going to need a lot of extra help. Your help. So please give whatever you can afford.
Many financially strapped military families in cold-weather states like Maine, Minnesota, and Montana will soon be hit with sky-high heating bills.
So they may opt to buy their children just one or two presents each – and use the rest of their $500 to avoid a disastrous utility disconnection or to buy winter coats and blankets.
Your Christmas gift could help a wounded military veteran like Dan M., whose family was in dire straits for more than 8 months while waiting for his government benefits.
After receiving emergency financial aid from Coalition supporters, Dan wrote in to tell us,
“Our claims are still taking forever in the VA process, and we really were in need this month.
“Things were getting pretty desperate as we have exhausted all other avenues, whether borrowing money or taking out loans.
“Receiving that check in the mail has tided us over on bills, food and gas for the month of December.” The generosity of supporters like you meant the Coalition could help Dan with emergency financial aid and a $500 Secret Santa check, when he needed it most.
But many other seriously injured troops and veterans are facing similar financial crises right now, and receiving a surprise Christmas gift of $500 would truly be a godsend.
So please make the most generous Christmas gift you can afford to send right now to the Coalition’s 2016 Secret Santa Project.
Of course the children of our severely disabled troops will never know where their gifts from Santa really came from. (And they don’t need to know.)
But their grateful parents will know it was a kindhearted, patriotic American like you who was looking out for their family at Christmastime – just like they were looking out for yours when they went off to fight the War on radical Islam.
This is your chance to help make these wounded warriors’ Christmas the best it can be, under the circumstances, by making a generous donation to the Coalition’s 2016 Secret Santa Project today.
I deeply appreciate your faithful support for our wounded heroes, especially during the Christmas Season, when it matters more than ever.
Thank you and Merry Christmas,
Major General John K. Singlaub
U.S. Army (Ret.)
P.S. Your gift will make a real difference to our servicemen and women who were severely disabled while defending us from radical Islamic terrorists. Many of them are sturggling to pay for food and rent, and buying Christmas presents could be out of the question.
So please look for my letter. And please make the most generous donation you can, if you haven’t already, to help make sure we can send a Secret Santa gift check to every wounded hero on our list.