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Date:      November 19, 2003 8:31 AM
Subject:   Letter from Russia
From:      "Valentin" <vm@netbox.ru>

Dear Friend,

Please excuse me for any inconvenience caused by this message.

My name is Valentin, I'm a student and I live with my mother in the
city of Kaluga, Russia. We had a grandfather, but he died one year
ago. My mother is invalid. She cannot see and she receives indemnity
from government very rare which is not enough even for medications.

I work very hard every day to be able to take care of my mother, but
my salary is very small because my studies still not finished. My
father do not help us. He abandoned our family when I was two years

Due to the crisis our authorities recently stoped gas in our
district. Now we cannot heat our home because we don't have gas
anymore. I don't know what to do, because the winter is coming and
the temperature in the street can be lower than minus 20 degrees
Celsius. I'm very afraid that the temperature inside our home can be
very cold and we will not be able to survive.

The only chance we have to survive is to use the free access to
internet at our local library when it is possible. I have found
several e-mail addresses, including yours, that is why I have
decided to appeal to you with a prayer in my heart for a small help.

If you have any old warm clothes, warm blankets, electric heater,
high-calories food, vitamins, medicaments against cold, any
hygiene-products, I will be very grateful to you if you could send
it to our postal address which is:

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

If you think that it would be better or easier for you to help with
some money, please write me back and I will give you details for
sending it safely if you agree. This way to help is very good
because the necessities here are not very expensive.

I hope to hear from you very soon and I pray that you will be able
to help us to survive this winter. I also hope very much that this
hard situation will get better very soon in our country.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2004. I'm sending
to you many thanks in advance for your kind understanding. Please
excuse me, once more, for any inconvience I could cause you by
sending this message.

God Bless You,

Valentin and my mother Elena.
Kaluga. Russia.
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