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Dear Tom,

My name is Angela cooper.   My daughter, Venita, is getting married on October 10th of this year.   She has been dreaming of this day for years.   She and her fiancé, Clarence Belton, are such a deserving couple.   They both work in fields where they can help, serve and protect others.    Clarence is a police officer in Gastonia and my daughter is a mental health therapist in charlotte.   She also volunteers at a shelter for women who have been involved in sex trafficking.

Even so, daily living expenses, student loan repayments and a monthly mortgage have taken their toll on finances and what little savings they had.   My husband and I have helped as much as we could.   I have taken a summer job and my husband, who works too many hours to take on anything more, have exhausted our own savings towards the wedding.   Venita and Clarence are both working overtime at their jobs and have removed guests from their list and cut expenses.

Tom, even with all of our combined efforts, we are unable to finish paying for the wedding venue by the deadline of September 26th.   At this point, our only other option is to cancel and lose what we have already invested in their special day.

My Christmas wish includes only one thing—assistance with their wedding, because these are good kids who have stayed true to their love since 2008 and hold in high regard the institutions of marriage and family.

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