(Seguin) -- "This year will very likely be the saddest and hardest Christmas ever for the Doege Family." This is only part of what can be found in this year's chosen letter to KWED's Christmas Angel.
Seguin High School Junior Rosemary Cramblitt entered the letter on behalf of her friend Cassidy Doege and her family. Cassidy's father, Aaron Doege was on hand Wednesday morning to hear Cramblitt as she read her winning letter live on Seguin Radio KWED.
Reading the entry on the air is part of the contest rules plus it was the first time that Aaron -- who was also in the studio -- got to hear the words that secured his family with the $500 cash prize.
The KWED Christmas Angel contest is an annual tradition giving all kids ages 18 and under the chance to write in and explain why their families deserve or are in need of the holiday cash.
Cramblitt, 16, began by explaining how her heart was motivated to write the letter.
"This year, I believe that my friend Cassidy Doege and not my family or I, but her family deserves to receive the $500. Her and her younger brother Wyatt and her father Aaron would be very deserving of a visit from the Christmas Angel this year. To be honest, I don't know if my friend is even award of the Christmas Angel contest. That is why I decided to submit a letter on her behalf about why her family deserves to win a visit. So why does the Doege Family merit this award? Cassidy's mother, Michelle Doege, died very suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Mrs. Doege was only 46-years-old and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Seguin as well as an employee in the church office. Her memorial service will be tomorrow Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the Methodist church," states Cramblitt.
The teen, who submitted the letter only days prior to her friend's mother's funeral, goes on to explain how her heart was heavy and couldn't ignore the family's pain especially during this time of year.
"I can not even begin to imagine how unbelievably hard and heartbreaking it would be to lose your mom less than two weeks before Christmas. However, I can kind of relate to Cassidy's situation because my mom suffered through cancer and a deep depression during 2014-2015," states Cramblitt. "Thankfully, my mom through many prayers, chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy is a cancer survivor today. Mrs. Doege's sudden, recent death must be very hard on her and her family due to the unplanned expenses related to having a funeral only a short time before Christmas. This year will likely be the saddest and hardest Christmas ever for the Doege Family. An unexpected cash gift would be a positive, uplifting way to help my friend Cassidy and her family this year. Thank you for considering the Doege Family as a candidate and possible winner this year. May God bless you and your family. Merry Christmas and a Happy Prosperous New Year to You, sincerely Rosemary Cramblitt."
Representing both his daughter and son, Doege shared his appreciation to Cramblitt. He thanked her for not forgetting his family especially during this hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
"I'm very appreciative and I thank you all very much. With all honesty, I'm at a lost for words. It's a special gift and we appreciate it," said Doege.
Rosemary says she has always appreciated Cassidy's friendship and did the only thing a friend would do.
"She's a wonderful, wonderful friend. She is so sweet. She is so loving. Recently, my sister had gall bladder surgery and I told Cassidy about it and she was like 'Oh my goodness, let me pray for you. Let me be there for you. Are you okay? How's your sister? Is she doing better?' She was so wonderful, a friend. She was so encouraging. She was so loving and I feel like she deserves this gift so much," said Cramblitt.
Before the radio interview wrapped up, Rosemary wished Doege and his family nothing but healing in the days to come.
"Thank you so much for how wonderful of a daughter you have and I'm so sorry for your loss and I hope that just this little bit will be able to help you in anyway that it can," said Cramblitt.
You can read Cramblitt's entire letter in today's edition of the Seguin Daily News. You can also look for it on the KWED/SeguinDailyNews Facebook page.