Dear Friend of Rainbow,

Will you make a Holiday donation so Rainbow can continue serving local disabled children and wounded soldiers?

To keep the doors open, I count on kind and generous friends like you — friends who understand the magic that occurs when a cognitively disabled, autistic, or otherwise impaired child
bonds with a horse…

… or, when a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) spends time with a gentle animal that offers unconditional love…

… or, when a young soldier missing his right arm and lower leg received a boost to his confidence as he straddled a horse (imagine that for a second)… Every week, I see little miracles — and I wish you could too! Like the young student who made the transition from life in a residential facility to independent living — partly thanks to the confidence he gained from riding…

And, that moment when an autistic child realized his horse was “listening” to him…

I’m sure you know that horse ownership is expensive. A bale of hay costs $6.25 and lasts a horse about two days, the farrier comes every five weeks to trim hooves and replace shoes, insurance must be paid, and there are a hundred other costs.

Knock on wood, we will have no serious medical issues, but, with ten horses now in the barn, I know I’ll have to spend what averages out to about $75 per horse each month over the course of the coming year for routine immunizations, dental care, supplements, their state-mandated
blood test, and other veterinary expenses.

But here’s an amazing fact: We’ve been able to enroll 38 more children to the program over the last 12 months and, today, we serve about 70 children each week! And, in the same period, 24 service members from Walter Reed have participated in our program!

There is no way we could pass along the true cost of the service we provide to the families and soldiers we serve; they simply could not afford it. So, both our growth and the cost of maintaining the program are only possible because friends like you donate the funds needed to keep our doors open and help enrich the lives of these children and soldiers through their bond with the horses and they therapeutic work they do with them.

Today, we are running in the black — but, as we end one year and enter the new one, I’m asking for your continued support.

Almost every day, your gift will produce small triumphs and incremental progress.

To continue supplying these services I need your help!

This is our most important fundraising appeal of the year, and your gift goes right to the bottom line. Every penny you donate goes directly towards feeding and housing our wonderful, loving horses and other essential expenses.

Fact is, we are 100% dependent on donations to make ends meet — a humbling and sometimes precarious existence that requires me to ask you for help as we close the year…

I hope I can count on you to make a special year-end holiday gift of $25, $50, $35 or even more.

Regardless, I want to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and the warmest thanks for your past support!

Sincerely,
Inga Janke,
Executive Director

P.S. Remember, most of the children and soldiers we help would not be able to benefit from this program if we passed along the full cost to them. You can see how a gift of $25 or $30 or even $100 can really help — and why we need continued support in order to keep our doors open.

Your gift will help provide the services that benefit so many local children — and the wounded veterans who find this program so helpful in their recovery. I’m counting on your help!

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