April 5, 2001

Dear Penny,

I just wanted to take a moment to express the many thanks that I have for you. When we met a couple of years back in 1999, I didn't have the first clue that you would end up being someone that is so valuable and true to me. You came into my life to help me with the one thing that is so very important, my children. When I met you that first time when I was picking the children up, all I could think about was that I was so happy to have finally met the person that my children have always talked so highly of and that the children had someone like you to love them and take care of them when I wasn t around. Just knowing this made me feel better on the inside that you were a part of their life. After you contacted me regarding the children and my young son's unhappiness and wanting to know more about me, you were willing to help me in any and every way possible. You met with me on numerous occasions to discuss everything that had happened, you took me to dinner, you have visited the children with me at my house, you have invited us out to your home and you have always treated us like family. You helped me find an attorney and you paid the attorneys retainer fee, which I never would have been able to do without you. Since retaining an attorney I have had to go to court on numerous occasions and you were always there for support and help wherever needed.

All your financial, emotional and mental support that you have given me has been truly treasured and I only hope that someday I am able to repay you in all the ways you have been there for me. You have assisted me in making a video tape of the children with me, which showed their love for me and several of their concerns in their other living environment. When we were able to get the Judge to order a Home Study Report, you were there to assist and to speak of the knowledge you had regarding my children. Recently when this counselor returned to my home for an update, I was stressing on how I would be able to manage this on my own financially and again you voluntarily came through for me.

I am so grateful for everything you have done. Every time I have felt down or like I wasn't getting anywhere with this case, you always had solutions, offering suggestions and you were such an encouragement to me. I thank God that he brought you into my life and I thank you for always being there for me. I never plan to give up fighting for custody of my children, I love them so much. With all your help and support, this is one challenge that I feel confident we can win. Your caringness, friendliness, and unselfishness are only a few things that I admire about you and only a few things to mention that I treasure and hold so close to my heart. Penny, you're the GREATEST!

Lots of Love Always,

Sharon Annunzio

 

UPDATE TO MY LETTER:

Thanks to you I finally got full custody of my son Jeremy and he is blossoming in his new surroundings. I know this cost you dearly, emotionally, since Bill, my ex-husband (who you also helped with money and counseling) saw to it that you were denied visits with your precious Goddaughter, Krissy. I know you helped raise her since she was six months old, and since he was living with her mom, he kept her away from you from when she was 11 to 14. I can only imagine how much personal grief and loss this caused you, but you did not hesitate to help me rescue my son from my ex-husband's physical and emotional abuse.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart, and please thank your brother for the $200 he sent for Jeremy's birthday present.

Please let me know if there is anything I can ever do for you or your wonderful foundation.

Love again and always,
Sharon Annunzio