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The Best Thank You note EVER

I am the luckiest girl in the world when it comes to friends. I have wonderful friends from many different times and places in my life: from my college days to my radio days, to my non-profit days, and friends I met while my kids were growing up. I love them all.


I have two friends from growing up in the boroughs of New York: Linda and Rob. I love and value them both for our shared history and the adults they have become today.


This is a story about Rob, a wedding, and the BEST thank-you note I have ever received.

My old friend Rob lost his wife in the early days of COVID.


Devastated does not do it justice. Being one of the most wonderful people I know, his heart was open to loving again, and he and the amazing Patty got married last weekend (more to come on that).


My husband and I spent much time discussing what to get them as a wedding present. After all, these were two grown-ups with well-established households. The blender was out, as was a check often given to young newlyweds to build their lives. Since they had spent much time traveling together, this lit a spark, and we landed on cool his and hers luggage.


I ordered it just before Christmas, hoping they would get it in January. Well, Macy’s took it into their own hands and sent it within days.


I received a notice that it had arrived and quickly sent a text to Rob.


Here are some highlights from the response:


“OMG, are those from you? The luggage is beautiful. I have never had anything near this nice. And we will be able to spot them in a sea of black suitcases and baggage claim.

“Patti wants to go to Paris!”


And my favorite:

“In all the wedding planning, I didn’t really contemplate there would be gifts. Never mind something so useful, beautiful, and needed as a set of luggage. I keep looking at them, and it fills me with joy. Thank you so much from both of us.


I’m not crying - You’re crying.


Why is this note so amazing - and how can you turn this into better thank-you notes to your donors?

  • It is from the heart. Be genuine with your donors.

  • It talks about how the gift will be used. Doesn’t each of your donors want to know that their gift is going to be used to make a difference?

  • It makes you believe the gift is the best, most important gift EVER. Everyone wants to think their gift is important.

  • It used language that made me smile/cry. He knows the language I use, like JOY, and uses it to give me joy.

It came via text. Now, I am not suggesting you text your donors, but you should always consider how THEY would like to receive a message - via mail, email, or phone - and how they would appreciate it the most.


As promised, here are details about the wedding:

The bride was magnificent.

The groom smiled like I, a friend of 50+ years, had never seen.

The love in the room was magical, not just for the bride and groom but for all who were there.


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