“This will be my first year attending the Little Brothers holiday dinners. Since Matt died 3 years ago I haven't been out much. I would have never guessed that I would be involved in such a wonderful organization. Thanks so much for introducing me to Jack and Ann. They visit often and fill my day with joy. God Bless the Little Brothers and I look so forward to the Thanksgiving and Christmas parties.” Love Martha
Martha lost her husband, Matt, to cancer three years ago. Her three children all live in the eastern states. Since the death of her husband Martha became more isolated and lonely. Concerned neighbors referred Martha to Little Brothers and it wasn't long before staff dropped by to visit. She was soon introduced to two volunteers who committed to seeing her on a regular basis. They also committed to pick Martha up and bring her to the Thanksgiving and Christmas parties this year.
We've all heard that it is better to give than to receive. To know that you are helping to make someone's life just a little bit easier or helping to make someone happy is an indescribable feeling. While you are busy preparing Christmas Holiday celebrations for your loved ones please think about all those who will be celebrating alone. While most of us take for granted having a Merry Christmas, some among us can only pray and dream about it.
Now memories of those days are all that remain.
In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan there is a high percentage of elderly people who have no one to celebrate the Christmas season with. We want to bring back those joyous memories of family and celebrations. Your gift of $15, $35, $50, $100, $200 or whatever you can manage will allow us to transform a lonely holiday without family and friends to a wonderful holiday celebration for hundreds of our elderly friends.
Special Party for Special People
The dining hall will be filled with decorations made by many children in the community. The fragrance of fresh flowers, pine boughs and good cooking will fill the air. Courses of mouth-watering food will prompt memories and conversations of past family gatherings. Amid the music and singing, Martha will meet and reunite with friends of all generations – the compassionate core of our holiday gatherings. She'll have the love and support of the Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly family.
Home Delivered Meals
For all our homebound friends, a Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly volunteer will arrive with a generous heart and bags of holiday cheer. After receiving a warm greeting, fresh flowers and a delicious meal, our old friends will enjoy time with the volunteer who will stay to chat, listen, and reassure them that they are not alone now, throughout the year, and throughout the rest of their lives.
Year Long Caring...
Little Brothers strives to meet the special needs of the rural elderly all year long. With the conscientiousness of caring staff and volunteers we provide basic needs such as medical transportation, woodcutting, and grocery shopping. These same staff and volunteers contribute their time providing companionship, and friendship through our visiting program and special activities such as picnics, birthday parties, theater outings and much more.
We would like to express our gratitude and sincere thanks for your past support. With your help we have been able to provide services and programs to many elderly people throughout the year here in the Copper Country of Upper Michigan. With the holidays upon us we need your help more than ever.
How you can help…
Please take a minute today and write a check, whatever you can manage will allow us to transform a lonely holiday without family and friends to a wonderful holiday celebration for hundreds of our elderly friends.
We rely entirely on people like you to give us the freedom to make Little Brothers' holiday parties so very special to Martha and hundreds like her. On behalf of all the elderly people in our community, thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. Happy Holidays!
Michael J. Aten
P.S. Your donation of $50 will provide a special Christmas dinner for four elderly.
P.P.S You could choose to purchase a brick for $150 to honor or memorialize a love one. The brick would be installed on our "Wall of Honor" in our building.
Nonprofit organization, contributions tax deductible