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Date:      17 Nov 2001 5:59:11 +0300
Subject:   Desperate Letter
From:      "Valentin" <valentin@userline.ru>

Kaluga, 17 November, 2001.

Dear Friends,

Please excuse me for any inconvenience caused by this message. My name
is Valentin and I'm a student. I live with my mother and brother in
the city of Kaluga, Russia. It is located 200km south from the city of

I grew up without a father. He left our family when I was
two-years-old. My mother and brother are invalids and they receive a
pension very rare from the government which is very small and not
enough even for supporting our lives. They are unable to work.

I love my mother and brother very much and I take care of them. During
the summer I was able to grow some vegetables at our small garden and
it helped us to be alive for the last three months. Some months ago I
have got a job, but because of the crisis in our country my small
salary is paid very rare and usually it is delayed for several months.

Unfortunately the winter is setting in and we are very afraid. Our
television informs us that the winter is going to be very cold, like
in the last year, when it was minus 45 degrees Celsius.

The last winter was terrible. We used to light a fire in our small
flat for cooking and keeping warm. During the last winter we were
keeping our bodies warm with undergarments made from old clothes we
still have from the time of the Communism in our country. It helped us
not to die from the extreme cold.

I do not know if we would be able to survive during the coming winter,
because we don't have food and warm clothing. Therefore, I, due to a
service opportunity of access to the Internet at our college and
hopeless situation have decided apply to you with request to help my
family. If you have any old warm clothes which you are not using
anymore, as well as anything that is possible to eat, I would be very
happy if you could send it to our home address is:

Valentin Mikhaylin,
Ryleeva Street, 6-45
Kaluga. 248030

I hope very much for your help. If you think that it is better to help
with a little money, please let me know and I will give you details on
the best way of sending it safely.  It is a very good way to help,
because of the current crisis prices in our country are very low.

I pray for you and I'm sending you warmest wishes. I wish you a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New 2002 Year.

God Bless You,

Valentin and my family.
Kaluga. Russia.
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