Joe’s day.

Each year I work myself into a panic thinking that no one will come to the dinner. Fortunately, so far, my fears are just silly and the day is a success. It is hard to believe that this will be the seventh dinner. The seventh Christmas without our son and brother, Joe. I sure do miss that guy. The day of the dinner is the one day a year that is Joe’s day. I love celebrating his life on that day. It is our favorite day of the year.

Since beginning the Joseph Kimutis Memorial Fund on what would have been Joe’s 20th birthday we have awarded high school and college scholarships, we have filled food banks, distributed meals at shelters, supplied books to the Book’Em project, donated to organization that directly help the hungry and homeless and collected thousands of pairs of shoes, socks, hats, gloves and scarves for those in need in Pittsburgh.

Nothing we do will ever bring Joe back to us, but doing good things in his memory helps us to make sense of the senseless. We love that although Joe only lived on this earth 19 years, 5 months and 21 days, that his kind and caring spirit lives on in everyone who helps us with our efforts.

At this year’s dinner we are collecting non-perishable foods for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

If you can, please come to the dinner. If you are reading this letter, you are important to me. I love seeing everyone! The energy and spirit in that room is magical to me. I understand that this is a busy time of year for everyone. I am grateful to you for taking your time to stop in and visit with us.

Please contact me if you are interested in donating an auction item. We are so grateful for all of the wonderful items that we receive.

I have never been good at asking for help. It is not a comfortable place for me. But, I do ask for my boy. I ask for Joe. If you can make a tax-deductible donation to help those in need in our area or come to the dinner, I thank you.


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