I would like to thank the members of the board for their generosity and kindness they have shown to me. This battle is definitely an uphill battle that has been extremely difficult for myself, my family, my friends and all those around me. With your generosity, it will enable me to not have to worry about paying for the next couple chemo treatments and procedures that are not only expensive but physically exhausting. The stress and weight that has been lifted from my shoulders is more than I can ever explain. You have assisted me in alleviating a daily worry for the time being. I am so grateful and thankful to each and every one of you. My emotions are out of control as I cry writing this, because how much it means to me.

Thank you again.
Jenny Jenkins

Thank you so much!
This means so very much to me. Words cannot express my gratitude for your help in this huge burden my godson is facing. This helps us focus on his health and not worry as much about the cost.

Thank you again.

Jennifer I received your care package yesterday when I got home from work. I cannot tell you how much that touched my heart. I thank you so much for the concerns for me at this time. I was telling Leatrice you guys are going to break me down with all of this love and warmth, I am so lucky to be working with such compassionate and loving people again thank you so much for all of the concerns for me.

Thanks again and God bless you all

What! Oh my gosh my heart just leaped. Thank you so much. You can’t imagine how much this means!


I just want to say thank you so much for your generous box to our dear friend! He is having a really hard time with his fiancée’s death and this act of kindness will go a long way in helping with the healing process! I personally wanted to say how much it is appreciated and it is just a reminder that we are all family here at PCM!!

Thanks again and God bless you all

Here is a very thoughtful thank you letter from a woman who needed a bone marrow transplant. She was battling 15 autoimmune diseases including Multiple Sclerosis, a brain disorder, MRSA, and extreme asthma. The doctors said a transplant was her only hope of not getting worse. With surgery, she will be able to finally live a “normal” life. The doctors say with this surgery, she will be their biggest success case.
Members of the board,
My heart skipped a beat when I received your generous donation. Because of you, I was able to have my bone marrow transplant, which in just a short 10 days, has proven hugely successful. 13 of the 15 diseases I had are already in complete remission, most if not all are expected to be completely reversed (i.e., cured) in the near future.
A future that is now full of hope and promise because of you. No words can express, and no act of gratitude can convey what that means to me. Not only have you restored my faith in humanity, you’ve shown me that the value of money is only realized when you don’t have any, and the value of kindness is realized when kind people who step in to help in times of need.
Thank you for saving my life!!! While I cannot repay your gift of kindness, I promise to share it with others to make the world a better place. I sincerely thank you for your gift of yesterday, my health of today, and the days in my life to come. You can’t see me, but I am totally doing a “happy dance!” Your compassion and support will live forever in my heart.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Oh my goodness!!! Our hearts are just overwhelmed with gratitude and joy at your generosity towards our family! We have shed tears of joy over your kindness!

Thank you and God Bless!!!

Dear Community Cares Foundation,
I wanted to pass along a quick update and lovely thank-you note from a recipient of Community Cares in action. Portland police officer Paul Meyer was paralyzed from the waist down after a 110-foot tree snapped in half and struck him in the head during a police training exercise. He is a 20-year veteran of the police bureau and has a special connection with one of our Pinnacle branches in Oregon. Community Cares made a donation to him as he, his wife, and their two young sons begin a remodel to make their home wheelchair-accessible and adjust to their new “normal”. Please read his note below; we are so lucky to be a part of an organization that creates ripples of positive change and enacts love to those in our community! Thank you for helping make that possible!

Hello to all of you,

I wanted to write a note to say thank you to all of you for your generous donation. I am so amazed by the incredible generosity of so many. There are so many truly good people out there, and you all fit that. I am truly the luckiest man alive.
It is very important to my family and I to let you know that we will use this donation in a way that will make our lives better and to make our home more accessible, that I promise you. I also want to promise to “pay this forward”. I will do my very best to continue trying to be there for others the way you all are there for my family and I .
My recovery is going very well and I was able to return to work, on a part time basis, September 3rd. It is so good to be back to work! (weird to say that :) ) Our home construction has started and hopefully it will be done somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It will truly be a home that we can live in forever. Thank you so much, this has meant so much to us and is so appreciated.
Please pass this message on to other employees.

Paul Meyer

Dear Community Cares Foundation,

I would like to personally thank your Board again for the amazing grant you gave us last year. Your contribution allowed us to assist the moms we help and structure our organization in ways we could have never imagined our first year here in Oregon. Last year with your grant we had our website built & our name trademarked, both of these could not have happened without you. We also paid over $6000 in direct financial assistance to our moms. I am blown away by your support. You believe in us and your company genuinely cares about the community and in helping others. Thank you again for really being the reason we have come so far in our charity work in such a short time. Michelle’s Love means the world to me personally and the help you have given us give me the motivation to continue doing this great work of helping single moms with cancer and honoring my best friend.

With Love and Sincerity,
Andy McCandless
Founder of Michelle’s Love & Michelle Singleton’s BF.

Dear Community Cares,

I just want to tell you how much it is appreciated for what this “Community Cares” does. I belong to the Eugene Branch and we lost an LO last summer in an accident and I saw what was done for his family and for another family with the loss of a cancer patient just a couple months ago. And now expanding for the tornado families. WOW! You are exceptional people to do this.

Bless you all,
Brenda Barr

Dear Community Cares Board,

I would like to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone that made this happen! This is so thoughtful and the family will totally appreciate it. He was an awesome kid and will be truly missed. Thank you again to Community Cares for their generous donation!

Thank You,
April Tuma

Dear Community Cares group,

On behalf of Partners Mortgage I wanted to let you know that our Leukemia and lymphoma Society Team in training reached our $100,000, fundraising goal! Community Cares donation helped us to do that and we are so grateful. As a results of meeting our goal Partners will be able to name a cancer research grant in Mindy Trinidad’s memory and follow the researchers efforts in finding a cure. You have made a difference and we are deeply touched.

Michelle Kasama & Partners Mortgage Team.

We are so grateful to our friends at Community Cares. Thanks to the generosity and support of the Community Cares team, Bridge Meadows children, families and elders live in a caring community where they grow and heal. Thank you for making such a big difference in the lives of so many! Thank you!

Best regards,
Derenda Schubert, Ph.D., Executive Director of Bridge Meadows

Dear Community Cares,

We’re humbled and grateful you chose our organization as part of your “paying it forward” giving. The loss of Brandon Brusewitz has been hard for our team, our young athletes, our school and our town. Like you, we maintain that offering young people a healthy activity through swimming—one that can sustain them for life- and a venue to meet good friends and mentors, is also a way to create and build upon success. We hope to pass this on to many young people. Thank you very much for the donation, which will go to sponsor a young swimmer.

Laura M. Gibsonstrong, Killer Whales Swim Club, V.P

First, I would like to thank all the members of Community Cares for helping my family in our time of crisis and need. I honestly do not know what we would have done without your help and generosity.

My father in law went into the hospital on Friday July 23rd not feeling well and on Monday we received a phone call telling us that we had to get out there immediately as he could pass any day at any moment. We did not have any time to plan or prepare just panic. I had my wife and kids on their way within a couple of hours knowing I would simply have to figure out the finances later as there were far more important things to deal with. This is where you came in with your assistance giving us a solution to our needs and allowing my family to focus on the final days of a beloved man.

He passed away on Saturday July 31st a week after being informed that the Cancer he was told he beat in the fall had come back with a vengeance spreading to his brain, liver and lungs. He died peacefully with his family around him and was blessed in his final hours to become completely lucid for the first time all week so he could look his family in the eyes recognize them and say good bye. It was truly a miracle and a moment my wife and kids will cherish forever. Again for this I want to thank you.

Lastly, I would like to take a moment to tell you about him as he lived a life of helping others and would have been a great member of Community Cares. He retired early due to heart conditions and spent every day helping others through acts of volunteering. He worked at the local soup kitchen serving and preparing meals for the hungry, he visited the county prison to talk and council inmates and he acted as a means of transportation for any senior citizen that needed to be taken to an appointment or shopping. We also learned about random acts of kindness such as the time he came across a complete stranger with broken glasses drove him to the local optometrist and bought him a new pair of glasses or the time he was at his son’s Dairy Queen and when a lady could not afford the ice cream cake she ordered for her child’s birthday he automatically covered it for her without giving it a thought.

This is how he spent every day of his life and was known to answer the question “how are you doing?” with the response “best day of my life” every time even when he was battling cancer.

Being positive and helping others seems to be common ground for Community Cares and him. I know my family looks forward to reaching out and joining in on paying it forward as we have been blessed in our time of need.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts
A loving Family,

I wanted to thank Community Cares for the generous donation to Henry Friedler and his family.
I was able to visit him today and he has to be one of the sweetest little boys I’ve ever met. He was at Emanuel Children’s Hospital for treatment but should be home in a few days. They are excited to start an outpatient program for chemotherapy over the next month or so, which allows them to spend much more quality family time together. The family is amazingly positive and wonderful in every way. They are such an inspiration.

Thanks again,
Jennifer Chalmers