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I trust that 2014 has been a good year for you and your family. It has been a typical year for the Harrington’s—full of life’s ups and downs. As we enter into the giving season, let me be among the first to ask you for your generosity… or, at this point, maybe the last.
Two years ago, I was honored by a great agency, AABR, a nonprofit that cares for people with disabilities. I feel fortunate to have been a supporter of theirs for years and I recently had lunch with their Executive Director, Thomas McAlvanah. He spoke about the daunting challenges he and his staff face, especially when it comes to aging. Like all individuals who are maturing, they confront chronic health problems; they are in need of more wheelchairs, walkers and ramps as well as the need to retrofit their bathrooms and kitchens.
What I found startling was that the average age of individuals living in AABR’s residences is 52. The oldest is 83. Never before have individuals with disabilities lived so long and now, agencies like AABR are challenged to retrofit entire homes. The costs, of course, are skyrocketing. Last year, AABR’s maintenance crew installed two new staircase lifts. Three more are in the pipeline.
With your assistance, we will be able to provide one of these residences with the quality of life they deserve. Through this letter we hope to raise $10,000. I’m reaching out to you, hoping you can help.
Francis X.B. Harrington
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