Fathers for Life receives much mail, most of it via hundreds of e-mail messages each day but a substantial portion of it by snail mail. In each case, such as in this one, where someone is ostensibly in search of a father surrogate, some decisions need to be made. [Note 2018 03 24: My first reaction to this particular letter and similar ones is that they are a variant of the Nigerian scam, but letters such as this one do not arrive as often anymore. the social media emerged and also the search engine providers tightened up their ranking algorithms.]
Yesterday we picked up our mail from the local post office and found this letter.
Dec. 9, 2007
I have a request of infinite importance.
I am a Christian-Catholic, Caucasian, physically disabled male who has grown up fatherless.
I seek one or more reliable, trustworthy Christian, Caucasian male volunteers of any age willing to help and assist me as a surrogate/substitute father(s), brothers, mentors, caregivers on a long-term, continual or life-long basis — for friendship, companionship, comradery, counsel, advice, information, feedback, views, wisdom, insight, nurturing, male-bonding, non-sexual love/intimacy, father-son shared events, shared interests, sports, movies, music, travel, outdoors interests, etc.
It has been a dream of mine to have the Christian father I never had always there for me, and since this is the Christmas season perhaps one or more could volunteer and find it in their hearts to help me in my necessity?!
It would be a great gift. Fathers, brothers, family are great gifts. Please assist me in getting this properly accomplished.
Please contact me promptly or as soon as possible to respond to notify me of prospective or actual Christian males willing to help me in fulfillment of, pursuant to my request.
Thank you, Merry Christmas, Good Wishes,
(name and address not shown here)
Let us know if you are interested in helping out this young man in search of a father. We will forward offers from practical locations, but some concerns must be addressed.
We are not a referral service and very limited in our ability to verify the veracity of such a request. Unfortunately, the verification of the request must be made, not only of the request itself but also of any responses. The logistics for that are virtually impossible to achieve and manage from Central Alberta, Canada.
Is there anyone who feels qualified to take on the task of organizing this? (It is possible that more requests like this will follow.)
Walter and Ruth