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November 30, 2017

Christmas Wish Letters Thus Far






With the Christmas Wish Program, families in need write to us and tell us what kind of help they need. The following letters are only a few of the dozens we have received so far. In the weeks ahead we will be fulfuilling some the wishes, thanks to the generosity of area businesses through advertising or donations. If you would like to help, email us at:

In need of help for Christmas for 5 children

To whom it concerns,
Hi, my husband and I have five kids, boys ages 14, 12, 8, 4 and a 3 year old girl. We need help with Christmas because we can’t afford to buy much this year. We don’t get food stamps or cash assistance. My husband works 60-70 hours a week in Lake City and that barely pays the bills and pays for food.
Our 12 year old was recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He is going to be having surgery on his foot and ankle on December 19th in Grand Rapids at Devos. So all of the Grand Rapids trips aren’t helping with money.
If you choose our family we would greatly appreciate it.
Our 14 year old wants a Nintendo 2DS, he likes Pokemon cards, Michigan State, the movie “UP”, Chess games, Scrabble game.
Our 12 year old likes Michigan State, Detroit Lions, model cars, Legos, Warrior books, Big Nate books, he really wants an Ipod touch.
Our 8 year old wants a Nintendo 2DS, he likes Spongebob, and wants a superhero bed set (sheet size twin), Emoji movie, Hot Wheel cars.
Our 4 year old likes Spiderman, wants a Spiderman bed set (sheet size twin), likes Paw Patrol, toy cars, Hot Wheel cars.
Our 3 year old likes anything princess, Barbies, baby dolls and Minnie Mouse.
Thank you!

Wants to spend holiday with family

To whom it may concern:
I came to Harrison about 3 years ago, I’m disabled and on a limited budget, I enjoy it here.
My boyfriend is here now and we make ends meet. He is also disabled. All of our family is out of town, too far to travel and we don’t drive or have a vehicle. If you understand I don’t mean to ask, but we would like to be able to enjoy Christmas a little more than we can afford.
God bless and thank you for considering us. A little help will be so much appreciated.

Help with repairs on vehicle

I am writing you today on behalf of a couple I know. They are struggling. They live right here in Clare and have a 9 and 1/2 month old baby and a 10 year old young lady. He works in Evart anywhere from 30-60 hours a week depending on work availability. He will pick up any extra shifts just to try to help them stay afloat.
Thank the Lord for their church family or I don’t know how they would make it. My husband and I have already expressed our desires to provide their Christmas for them to help alleviate that burden but when I had taken her to get a much overdue oil change on their vehicle she found out she had over $1,000 of work that needed to be done asap. If they continue to drive the vehicle in the condition it is in it will continue to wreck her tires (which she needs replaced also) but could also cause an accident. The auto place gave her two estimates so she could do one first and then the other but they do not have that kind of money.
She is a stay at home mom for now as they cannot afford daycare plus she is breast feeding. I am not sure if they qualify for the help but I know they would be greatly blessed if you could. If you have any further questions please feel free to email me back or call me at 424-7387.
Thank you for your time and consideration!

Struggling to keep home

To whom it may concern,
This is for my friend and his dog. My friend is too proud to ask but I must see if you can help him and his dog out.
He is struggling to keep his house, as he is disabled and trying to pay taxes without an income. He somehow gets by, but could you please help him have a blessed Christmas?
God Bless.

Christmas wishes for many

Over the past 2 years I have endured many medical problems, the main one being stage 3 breast cancer of which I am said to be a survivor. Presently this status is in jeopardy as my medical team has recently found a cancerous tumor in my Kidney.
I am hoping for it to be just that, a kidney tumor as it seems contained rather than breast cancer metastases. My wish is for prayers for my health; however I would like you to consider making wishes come true on my behalf for many other cancer patients. I would like you to make donations to Cancer Services of Clare, Gladwin and Midland County. This organization has helped me in the past and the do a great job servicing locals in need.
Please send your donations to Cancer Services, 220 W. Main Street, Suite 105, Midland, MI 48640. You can also donate online at
One request is that if you do make a donation to Cancer Services or any other organization please let me know with a note or card telling me so.
It will give me much encouragement as I continue my own journey. Cards can be sent to Sherry Landon at The Clare County Review/The Press, 105 W. Fourth Street, Clare, MI 48617.

Help with pellet stove for cold winter months

To whom it may concern,
I have a son that desperately needs your help.  He is a very hard worker at his job in Farwell. He puts in all the OT that he can to make ends meet.
He supports himself, a girlfriend (big possibility, future wife) and 3 small children, ages 8, 6 and 5.  His girlfriend doesn’t work, because she doesn’t drive which is OK with me she takes good care of the kids, the house and my son.  My son is a third shifter and sleeps a lot.  She helps him keep things straight, because of all the hours he puts in.  He is a great dad.
Anyways, they have a woods stove for heat which is broke and always needs repairs.  My son is not mechanically inclined to keep it fixed; the wood stove was his ex-wife’s idea.  I am his mother and I also work in Farwell.  We suffer with much pain in our arms, from our jobs.  So, it is very hard for him to split wood.  Winter is coming; he has no one to help him except promises from people that they will look at his stove.  He does have a kerosene heater, but that’s not safe, and not a good source of heat for the winter.
I would like to see him get a pellet stove, new or used.  We heat our house with one.  This would be great for him and his family.  They have a small house.  It would be much easier to lift a bag of pellets, then to split wood when you’re exhausted. Also, it would be much safer than a wood stove and less up keep.
Please, please help him and his family.  I know that this is a big wish, but he has no one to help. I beg you. Please be their guardian angel and help this family.

In need of warm clothing

Our problem for my husband and me is we’re broke. I’ve had 7 strokes and I’m on S.S. I get $648.00 a month, $600.00 goes out for rent. The $48.00 has to pay for my prescriptions and dollar store things.
My husband is a care giver for a Vietnam Vet and he gets paid $370.00 every two weeks. He has to pay the bills, truck and camper payment and insurance payment and then he’s broke. So here’s our Christmas list, please help us.
My husband could use jeans, 29W x 30L, and large size sweatshirts.
The Vietnam vet he cares for could use jeans, size 42W, and house slippers size 13.
For myself, large size pajamas, elastic waist jeans medium tall, large size leggings, hat, scarf and mittens.
I have a major question to ask, we have a bed that is shot badly. The organization we received it from said they can’t give us another bed because they have given us one already. But it’s really worn out, it’s a full size and our dog has to sleep with us, he’s big. Could we ask for a new bed? We could use a King or Queen.
Please help us. Merry Christmas.



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