• Doug Brendel

Meds for Thanksgiving?

Updated: Sep 6, 2019

“What about Thanksgiving?”

In our family, we start asking this around our house back in October.

It’s a casual question: What’s on the menu? Who’s coming over?

Whatever. No worries.

This year, I’m thinking more about a different “family.”

The profoundly disabled children at the boarding school in Osipovichi, Belarus, in the former USSR.

Their caregivers didn’t have basic meds for them.

But earlier this year, generous friends of New Thing provided 6 months’ worth of medicines for these kids.

Now, as their meds are running out again, I bring you an unusual invitation.

Let’s make it an annual Thanksgiving tradition … to give them a year’s worth of medicine … a total of $3,642.12.

Two dedicated friends have joined together to offer us this amazing opportunity:

They’ll give half, if we give the other half.

Whatever you give to New Thing between now and Thanksgiving, up to a total of $1,821.06, will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, if we make the goal.

If every friend of New Thing will give whatever they can, I know we can make it.

Maybe 10 friends can give $182.11 each. Or maybe 20 friends can give $91.06 each.

Maybe you can be 1 of 30 friends giving $60.70 each.

Whatever you can give, large or small, will be effectively doubled, if we make the challenge total.

If we go over the goal (thank God!), every penny will still go totally into Belarus, to care for people in need.

So I hope to hear from you soon.

And on Thanksgiving Day, as you celebrate with those you love, you’ll have the joy of knowing…

There are disabled children, in a far-off land, who have the meds they need … thanks to you.

I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Thanks for journeying with us!

Much love,

Doug Brendel

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