Need help? Send your letter in now

November 25, 2015

We at The Clare County Review and Marion Press are beginning to prepare for this year’s Christmas Wish program. The holidays are a time for giving, particularly to the less fortunate, and we want to help out as many area families as possible through our Christmas Wish Program.

In the next few weeks we are asking readers that find themselves or their family in a dire situation to write us and in detail, tell us what you or your family would like to make Christmas a happy occasion.
Despite what many experts say is an improving economy, I believe that improvement has been slow to come by for many folks in this area. Clare and Osceola counties rank among the lowest in Michigan as far as per capita or median household income.

These facts simply accentuate the fact that many of us are going to have difficulty providing for our families this Christmas. That’s where this newspaper, with the help of area businesses and more fortunate individuals come in to play.

If you need help we ask that you write a letter to us explaining exactly why. Please do not ask for a new car or cruise vacation. Please be realistic in what you ask for. We will be selective and help only those families that truly need help. You can mail the letter to The Clare County Review at 105 W. Fourth St., Clare Mi. 48617 or The Marion Press, P.O. Box D, Marion Mi. 49665. Better yet you can send the letter by email to or Deadline for us to receive letters is December 4.

We in turn take the best letters to area businesses, who will provide money and donations to see that your Christmas Wish is fulfilled. We and area businesses have literally helped hundreds of families in other areas over the year’s Wilcox Newspapers has operated this program. Last year alone we gathered over $10,000 in cash and gifts to help nearly 70 families.

Interestingly enough we had a couple donors provide $1000 in cash to help disadvantaged families. In one instance I was vacuuming our office when I came upon an envelope lying on the floor. I opened the envelope and lo and behold, inside were 10 $100 bills. An anonymous person had simply opened the office door and tossed the money inside without anyone noticing.

Another person sent a check for $1000. Others sent $500. For a closet Scrooge, like myself, I couldn’t believe the generosity of some of the businesspeople and more well-to-do residents in the area. The old adage “we take care of our own,” certainly applies in this area. I have a premonition the same will happen here in Chambers County.

Letters we have received in previous years have motivated us to find an apartment for a homeless couple, purchase a gravestone for a distraught widow, provide a vehicle and gas money for a family to travel 200 miles to meet relatives for Christmas dinner; as well as provide countless articles of clothing, toys by the truckload, and groceries for dozens of families in the area.

Thus if you legitimately need help, and I stress LEGITIMATELY, write us a letter. Who knows our selection committee might pick your letter, and we could be at your doorstep with a carful of gifts and a nice envelope of cash. All you have to do is write or email to the addresses above.

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