Thank You Letters

Make-A-Wish® Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana

March 29, 2016

Dear Friends:

On behalf of Make-A-Wish® and the children we serve, thank you for your generous donation of $15,201.05! This donation will enable our organization to fulfill the hopes and dreams of some very special children.

It is the heartfelt efforts of donors and volunteers that enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to create amazing wish experiences filled with hope, strength and joy. The contributions of caring individuals, like you, will provide our Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana chapter with the resources to grant wishes to more than 500 kids in our community this year.

Your contribution is more than just a gift. For these special kids, it’s a chance to forget about being sick. To remember that anything is possible. To keep making plans for the future. It is the gift of hope. And for our wish kids, it is the most powerful gift in the world.

I hope you will consider joining us at an upcoming meeting, so you can see first-hand how your support is touching the lives of our wish kids and their families. Please let me know if you would like to attend one of our meetings, have any questions, or if you want to know more about other opportunities to make a big difference.

When you help grant wishes, you may find your own life as greatly enriched as the families whose lives are changed forever with precious memories that last a lifetime. Thank you for helping us share the power of a wish®.

Warmest wishes,

Kelli Sarmiento

Director of Development

Batson Children’s Hospital - Children’s of Mississippi


Sep. 29, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation:

We gratefully accept Car Donation Foundation’s gift of $8,269.43 for Batson Children’s Hospital. With this gift, you help make possible a future where all Mississippi children can grow up and reach their full potential.

For nearly five decades, Children’s of Mississippi has been the only hospital in our state just for children. The volume of patients treated and te stories of lives touched and healed, speak to the commitment and passion of those who work within the hospital. Through your generosity, you become our partner in meeting the needs of Mississippi’s children.

It is an honor to have your confidence and support.

Best Regards,

Travis L. Bradburn

Chief Development Officer

Bob Woodruff Foundation


December 9, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

On behalf of the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF), thank you for your generous contribution of $24,050.28 on December 2, 2016.

No goods or services were provided for this donation.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans. To Date, BWF was invested more than $33 million to find, fund and shape programs that have empowered more than 2.5 million impacted veterans, service members and their families. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at @Stand4Heroes.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose own experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, please visit


Anne Marie Dougherty

Executive Director

DAV of Minnesota


February 26, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation:

I want to say a sincere “Thank You” on behalf of the DAV of Minnesota Foundation! A generous gift of $8,858.64 has been made to the Disabled American Veterans Foundation and is truly appreciated. This contribution will be used in our Veteran Service Programs to provide assistance to Disabled American Veterans and their families. You can take special pride in knowing that this donation will be listed in our Annual Foundation Report.

We also acknowledge that the DAV Foundation did not provide the donor any good or services for this contribution.


Stephen Whitehead, Executive Director

DAV of MN Foundation

Fisher House Foundation Inc.


November 2, 2016

Dear Friends:

With your support, the doors to Fisher House are opened to nearly 900 families tonight. In our 26th year of service, Fisher House continues to provide and expand free temporary lodging to military and veterans’ families so they can be close to their loved ones during hospitalization.

Through the kindness of supporters like you, our mission of providing “a home away from home” continues to grow. Service members, veterans, and their families have been welcomed through the doors of over 65 Fisher Houses across the nation and overseas.

Please know we are very grateful for your gift of $26,806.50. Thank you for helping us continue our mission to reach more military families during difficult times. We look forward to sharing the Fisher House story with you as we continue to keep Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher’s dream alive for those who, with their families, serve and have served our Nation.


David A. Coker


Homes For Our Troops

December 28, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thank you for your generous gift of $26,806.50 in support of fundraising efforts by Car Donation Foundation.

Thanks to donors like you, Homes For Our Troops has been able to provide mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for over 225 of our nation’s most severely injured Veterans. These homes allow our Veterans to live independently and empower them to return to school, start careers, expand their families, and serve their communities.

A top-rated military and Veterans nonprofit organization, Homes For Our Troops is privately funded, and therefore relies on the generosity of donors like you. Your gift will be used as intended, as nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to our programs for Veterans since 2004.

I am always available to answer any questions you may have about our reputable charity and the Veterans we serve. Don’t hesitate to call me at 508-823-3300 x355 or contact me by email at

On behalf of HFOT, our Veterans and their families, thank you for helping us “Build Homes and Rebuild Lives.”


William D. Ivey

Executive Director

CDF, thank you for your exceptionally generous support of our Veterans. You are making a significant and lasting difference. We will finish a home up in Moorhead this spring. Have a great 2017! – Bill (handwritten note at bottom)

Date received: 12/16/2016

Of the amount donated, $26,806.50 is deductible for tax purposes.

Homes For Our Troops, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. No tangible goods or services were provided by Homes For Our Troops, Inc. in return for this tax deductible contribution. This contribution does not confer an impermissible private benefit on, and is not in satisfaction of a pledge or other personal financial obligation on behalf of any individual or entity connected with Homes For Our Troops or otherwise, and this contribution will not be used for political activity or lobbying purposes.

Intermountain Foundation Primary Children’s Hospital


May 20, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thank you or Car Donation Foundation’s recent contribution of $8,440.88 to Intermountain Healthcare Foundation in recognition of the good work being done for children in our area at Primary Children’s Hospital. We are truly grateful for your generosity!

Every decision we make at Primary Children’s Hospital is guided by our adherence to the simple, yet powerful, philosophy of “The Child First and Always.” Since our humble beginnings in 1922 we have grown into a full service 289- bed facility with only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center serving children with acute and chronic medical needs in the Intermountain West. Ranked among one of the top children’s hospitals in the country and with a service area that encompasses over 400,000 square miles. Primary Children’s Hospital provides care for a greater geographic area than any other children’s hospital in the United States. We provide care to all children who come through our doors regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay.

We welcome the opportunity to get acquainted with you and discuss ways that Car Donation Foundation would like to be engaged with us in the future. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information. My contact information is listed below.

On behalf of the staff, families and especially the children we serve, thank you for your meaningful gift. It is friends like you who help Primary Children’s maintain our mission to keep “The Child First and Always.”


Janet DeWolfe, FAHP, CFRE

Regional Chief Development Officer

Make-A-Wish® Illinois


April 27, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

On behalf of all of us at Make-A-Wish® Illinois, I would like to thank Car Donation Foundation for your generous support to help make the wishes of courageous Illinois children come true. Your part in our mission is essential; together with you we have granted wishes to over 13,000 children with life-threatening conditions since 1985 – providing hope, strength and joy to deserving kids like Alexander.

When Alexander saw his new playset, he stopped in his tracks and stared up in wonder. With three swings, a climbing wall, picnic table, clubhouse and most important a curvy, yellow slide, this was a six-year-old boy’s dream. It didn’t take Alexander long to climb tall and proud to the top of his new fortress.

In July 2014 Alexander was diagnosed with leukemia, but this hasn’t stopped his desire to play outside. Alexander can commonly be found running around and playing games in his backyard, surrounded by his beloved family and friends. When asked about his one true wish, Alexander shared his hoped for his own magnificent playhouse – a perfect match for this active boy.

Last winter, despite the cold, local volunteers quickly came together to build the playset of Alexander’s dreams. And once it was done, Alexander got another surprise – a picnic with his family and friends to run, slide and swing.

For Alexander, his wish provided more than good memories of a joyful day. His playset continues to be a magical place, a temporary escape, and a reminder that no matter what hardships lie ahead he is always kind of his fort.

The ability to make these special wishes come true is only possible because of your generous support. With you by our side, we are entering into our 30th year of wish-granting in Illinois – and as we look to the years ahead, our vision has never been clearer: reaching every medically eligible child with a wish. We are so grateful for your support and we hope you will continue partnering with us as we Reach the Stars.

Very truly yours,

Stephanie Springs

Chief Executive Officer

Gift Description           Gift Date           Gift Amount   

Vehicle Donation         4/21/2016        $50,126.42

Make-A-Wish® Iowa


April 26, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thanks to you, Make-A-Wish® Iowa grants a wish almost every other day! Your gift of $4,734.54 received on 4/25/2016 has helped to grant over 3,000 wishes!

Your generosity ensures that our mission continues to grant the wishes of Iowa children with life threatening medical conditions.

Your compassion provides children with hope when they need it most, strength to face lives toughest challenges and joy when they experience their magical wish!

On behalf of Make-A-Wish® Iowa and the children we proudly serve, thanks for making wishes come true.

Best wishes,

Chris Voggesser Rachel Reams

CEO and President Director of Operations

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa

Share the Power of a Wish®


Thank you for a continued partnership. These donations every month really help our kids!


Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York Chapter


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dear Friends:

Thank you for partnering with us to make wishes come true!

We’re very grateful for your gift of $3,358.26 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York. Your donation will help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human spirit with hope, strength and joy.

The impact of your support is seen in the smiles on wish children’s faces as their greatest dreams come true, and held within their hearts for a lifetime.

As one wish parent expressed, “Often, the emotional effect of illness is far greater than the physical or medical aspect. You are involved in strengthening children who are not well, one of the greatest accomplishments possible…the gift of life.”

You can share in the magic you’ve helped create by visiting and enjoying the inspirational stories of local wish children and their families.

Again, thank you for your life-affirming support.

Best wishes,

Mary Jones

Regional Director, Development

Make-A-Wish® South Carolina


April 7, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

The magic created through wishes is only made possible through the support of friends like you who have joined our mission. On behalf of Make-A-Wish South Carolina and the children we are privileged to serve, it gives me great pleasure to thank you for your truly generous gift. We are so pleased that you are part of the Make-A-Wish Family and extremely grateful for your dedication to our inspiring wish children.

This year many children in South Carolina will be diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Your support will help to ensure that we are able to fulfill the wishes of our extraordinary wish children in the year ahead.

Please know that we are appreciative of your generosity and thoughtfulness. It is because of your commitment to these children that we are able to bring moments of wonder, magic, and laughter to so many families in need. Together, we can aspire to achieve our ultimate vision – to provide empowering, spirit-lifting experiences for every eligible South Carolina child.

Most sincerely,

Bill Tiller


Make-A-Wish® Suffolk County


April 22, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

You gave…she made a wish…and magic will happen! Thank you for forwarding the kind and generous contribution of $5,046.63. This contribution will help us to continue bringing hope, strength and joy to seriously ill children.

This donation will help grant the wish of Kael, age 12, from West Babylon, who has Sickle Cell Disease. Her wish is to go to the Camelback Mountain Resort with her family. Wishes like this are possible thanks to the support of donors like you!

The Suffolk County chapter grants an average of 120 wishes to children each year. Your generosity, combined with the support of others, allows us to bring magic to the lives of local children who are facing life-threatening illnesses.

Best Wishes,

Karine Hollander

President & CEO

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital


Nov. 29, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

On behalf of the children entrusted to Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital for special care, thank you and the Car Donation Foundation for your generous contribution of $36,018.00.

Your gift will benefit the children we serve through programs designed to maximize their health and independence and give them the highest quality of life possible. The specialty and rehabilitative care we provide is critical to our young patients, whether they are here as premature infants with a goal of growing and developing so they can go home, or recovering from an accident or surgery, or seeking to learn to navigate their world in the face of challenges with which they were born.

We are entrusted with the care of more than 7,500 children each year through our inpatient services and outpatient clinics. With the help of your gift, these children can look forward to healthier, more independent lives.

Thank you again for your generosity.


Jill Feinberg

Vice President, Development and External Affair

Operation Homefront


January 18, 2017

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

On behalf of Operation Homefront and the tens of thousands of military and veteran families we serve, I want to personally thank you for your generous gift of $48,619.38 on December 31 2016.

Your gift helps us fulfill our important mission: to build strong, stable and secure military families so that they may thrive in the communities that they have worked so hard to protect. Our vision is to be the provider of choice for military and veteran families when they have critical short- and long-term needs, and we couldn’t do this without you. Here are some highlights from 2015; we:

  • Increased our emergency assistance grants by 13 percent, allowing us to provide more than $4.8 million in critical short-term help in areas like rent, utilities and home repairs.
  • Provided rent and utility-free transitional housing and assistance to 48 wounded, ill and injured troops and their families at our 3 villages in San Diego, San Antonio and Gaithersburg, Maryland, helping them recover at our nation’s military and veteran hospitals with their families and with community support, and
  • Placed 138 families in mortgage-free homes through our Homes on the Homefront program, providing them with training and support to learn how to be successful homeowners.

You entrust us with your generous gift, and we are committed to using it efficiently and where it is needed most. I am proud to report that in 2015, 92% of Operation Homefront expenses went to programs that provide support to our nation’s military families. We recently received more good news from Charity Navigator, earning their prestigious 4-star rating for the 9th year in a row – an accomplishment only 1 percent of the charities they rate have achieved.

This is what your donation makes possible.

With gratitude,

John I. Pray, Jr.

President & CEO

Brig. Gen. (ret.), USAF

Your continued support and many very generous gifts this year have allowed us to serve those who have done so much to serve all of us – our troops and their families! (Handwritten note at bottom of letter)


Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation


May 5, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation:

Your donation matters. This year more than 150,000 children will be living proof of that.

More than 2,500 of them will be brought to our Trauma Center, many with life-threating injuries. Some patients will need ongoing treatment for chronic diseases, while more than 300 of them will learn they have cancer. More than 16,500 will need surgery, and another 85,000 will come through the doors of our Emergency Department. Some patients will need a life-saving transplant. Others may need life-changing treatment of therapy.

Every patient has a different story. What they all have in common is that they get world-class care at Phoenix Children’s, and you help make the possible. Thank you for Car Donation Foundation’s generous gift of $52,233.17.

Would-class care means having physicians who specialize in even the rarest of diseases. It means having the most up-to-date technology, participates in innovative research the helps us find answers, and leading the way when it comes to treatment of hundreds of diseases, disorders and injuries. These are just some of the ways donations to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation help our patients- ways you have helped a child.

But children also have unique needs. That’s why our staff is dedicated solely to children, and why we offer the services that make their stay here easier; a school, our Child Life Zone, pet therapy, a family health library, camps, and child life philanthropy, and more reasons why your donation maters.

We couldn’t do what we do without you. Our patients deserve the very best. We wouldn’t have it any other way, and we know you wouldn’t either. For that we are sincerely grateful.


Steven S. Schnall

Senior Vice President

Chief Development Officer
P.S. We received the Car Donation Foundation’s donation of $52,233.17 on 5/4/2016.

Semper Fi Fund - America’s Fund


Dec. 13, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thank you for Car Donation Foundation’s generous donation of $24,050.29 on Dec. 13, 2016. We are deeply grateful for your support in our mission to serve those who preserve our freedom. We will distribute the funds to our programs in each State in the amounts you have listed.

From now through the end of the year, your donation will have double the impact on our service members and their families, as the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation has generously pledged to match all donation – up to $10 million – for gifts received between November1-December 31, 2016.

Your donation represents so much: it’s the smile on the face of a service member with an adaptive vehicle who can now enjoy new independence; the healing tough of a caregiver who can now be at the bedside od a service member without having to worry about list wages; the military couple who is now receiving the counseling needed to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder; and the service member who now has welcome relief from crippling migraines due to traumatic brain injury. So many lives will be changed and saved by your support. You are helping the Semper Fi Fund continue our commitment of caring for those injured or critically ill in the service to their nation, ensuring they are never alone or forgotten.

Again, thank you for your thoughtful gift. It will help us to work one-on-one with our nation’s wounded, critically ill and injured service members, veterans and their families to support their individual needs right now, and if necessary, throughout their lifetimes.

Wishing you Joy and Peace this holiday season and a very Happy New Year.

Warmest regards,

Karen Guenther

President, Executive Director and Founder

Stamford Hospital Foundation


July 19, 2016

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of all the member of the Stamford community. Car Donation Foundation’s gift of $51,393.98 will continue to sustain the overall excellence of the pediatric programs and services available throughout Stamford Health.

Children’s comfort and care are our top priorities. Because of gifts like yours, we are able to help children get well and stay healthy with special programs and services, such as:

  • A special kids’ menu with child-friendly foods for your young patients who need to stay
  • A visiting cart with video games and DVDs
  • A Concussion Center which draws on our expertise in orthopedics, sports medicine, integrative medicine and neuroscience to address the needs of both adult and pediatric patients
  • Our NICU Infant Clinical Evaluation Program
  • Kids’ Fitness and Nutrition Services (KIDS’ FANS), a community-wide collaborative program, sponsored by Stamford Hospital, designed to promote smart eating, physical activity, and a healthy weight among our children

We are grateful for your investment in your hospital and in our community. Thank you!


Belinda Foster

Director, Operations & Development

Veterans Airlift Command


January 9, 2017

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Happy New Year! Your contributions at the end of 2016 was a very much appreciated surprise. Since you began supporting our organization last summer you have become the largest MN contributor to our mission in 2016.

While we are based in MN, we operate nationwide and have not had the benefit of a strong, local MN based financial supporter. You contribution in December supports our ongoing operation in all the states from which the support was derived. We provide air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded for medical and other compassionate purposes in all 50 states.

We could not be more pleased than to have a MN foundation recognize and support our work around the country.

Thank you for your confidence and continued encouragement.

We appreciate you… as do those we serve.

Kind Regards,

Walt Fricke

AirBoss/Chairman/ Founder

Veterans Airlift Command


January 18, 2017

Dear Car Donation Foundation,

Thank you for your generous contribution of in support of the mission of the Veterans Airlift Command. This letter will serve as your tax record for the contribution(s) received during 2016 in the amount of $91,568.40. No good or services were exchanged for this consideration.

We appreciate you. As do those we serve.

Please feel free to follow us on Facebook (see Veterans Airlift Command) for news and updates on our work.

Kind Regards,

Walter Fricke


Operation Homefront

June 7, 2018


Car Donation Foundation

Attn: Loren H. Dorshow

5775 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 765

St. Louis Park, MN 55416


Dear Loren,

On behalf of Operation Gratitude and the recipients of our care packages, I thank you for your generous donation of $69,060.98. Your contribution will enable us to send over 250,000 ‘chock full’ Care Packages this year to the tens of thousands of brave men and women still deployed overseas in harsh and remote areas; to their children anxiously awaiting their return; and to New Recruits, Veterans First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their Care Givers.

With the help of supporters nationwide since 2003, we have sent more than 2 Million Operation Gratitude Care Packages containing snacks, hygiene products, entertainment and hand-made items, and personal letters from appreciative Americans. These expressions of love and concern from fellow citizens offer our Military & First Responders a much-deserved “Thank You For Your Service” and are always greeted with enthusiasm and great appreciation.

As one Navy Sailor and New York Police Department Officer recently wrote:

                “Every box, every piece of paper, every cloth, every book, every pen, every pencil, every notebook, every brush, every tooth paste, every shower gel , every puzzle, every magazine, every letter, every piece of candy…means a lot to us when we are away from home. It gives us Hope, Confidence, Happiness, Strength & Pride that somebody think about us, that someone is there for us. Thank You all. God Bless America.”

To read all the current letters of thanks from our troops and to see their photos with your Operation Gratitude care packages, please “Like” us on Facebook: and “follow” us on Twitter: and Instagram:

On December 9, 2017 we celebrated the delivery of our Two Millionth Care Package – all made possible by your support! I hope you’ll visit our Social Media sites to see pictures of the event!

Every single donation we receive furthers our mission of saying “Thank You” to those who serve. Many companies have matching gift programs that will match your donation, or maybe even double or triple it! Please check with your Human Resources/Personnel office to learn if your donation is eligible.

Tank you again for your thoughtfulness and wonderful patriotic spirit. The recipients of your generosity will remember your kindness forever. As a 20-year Marine and the new CEO of this amazing organization, I will always be appreciative of your support and encouragement for Operation Gratitude. You are truly making a difference!

With warm regards,

Kevin M. Schmiegel, CEO