Each year during the holiday season its tradition to send a holiday card to everyone we possibly can who helped Ryan and my family since he was attacked (by Austin Vantrease and Jonathan May, both from Newark, Delaware) on November 7, 2009. It’s not just those who did so in the past year… it’s all the years!
It was a conscious decision on my part to send these cards only to those who specifically would like to receive one. Otherwise, it might seem as though I’m soliciting donations. Sure, it is always wonderful to get help, but my aim is to keep Ryan relevant by thanking those who refuse to forget. Please, if you’ve done anything to help — no matter what — take a few seconds to get on our list.
It’s important to me, and my family, to do this. We want to do it.
So, if you haven’t done so already (over the years) or you just learned that we do this, please click this link to add your name to our list. A separate tab/page will pop-up in your browser with a simple form. Also, if you are already on the list but have moved since originally adding yourself then please re-enter your information as though it were your first time. Even if you’re unsure it is always best to do it. The list’s database is able to recognize duplicate information. Worst case, you’d receive two cards.
I say this because last year over 80 cards were returned because people moved.
We expect the holiday cards to go out this weekend. We’re a bit late this year as a result of Sue’s dad passing last week (you can read his obituary on Ryan’s Facebook Page). My daughter, Kari, designed the card — as she does every year — and we put in an expedited order to get these printed and back to us.
This year’s card will again have both Ryan and Kari, but something else that is so damn cute!
REMINDER: For those in the Northern Virginia area, Just Your Average Joe’s (Kitchen & Bar) is holding an all-day fundraiser for Ryan this Wednesday (December 17) at their Lansdowne/Leesburg location. For information, directions, and the 15% certificate click here. I expect to arrive around 5:30 PM.