In 1986, President Ronald Reagan personally replied to an 11-year-old girl’s desire to help the homeless by sending a heartfelt note and a check for $50 - both of which are now for sale for $20,000.
The letter written by President Reagan details the girl’s request for the president to sponsor her during a 7-mile charity walk, Fox News reported.
His Aug. 26, 1986, note on White House letterhead reads: “Dear Lisa, I am very proud to sponsor you in the walkathon. Thank you for asking. I know you’ll walk the seven miles and the enclosed is to help the cause you are serving. God bless you. Ronald Reagan.”
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Lisa, who wishes to remain anonymous, never sent the check to the San Fernando Board of Realtors, the group that sponsored the charity event. Instead, her parents replaced the Gipper’s check with cash and told her to keep it, Fox News notes.
Nathan Raab, vice president of the Raab Collection, which collects historical documents, said the letter and check signed from Reagan’s Bank of America account should continue to increase in value.
“You almost never see letters of presidents to children,” he told FoxNews.com. “The piece is a great rarity, and also evocative of Reagan the man and Reagan the president.”
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Reagan came under criticism at the time that he sent the check and letter for being indifferent toward the homeless, Raab notes.
According to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library, on the day that Reagan replied to Lisa, he was in Los Angeles with old friends and running errands.
“Into L.A. for our few days of seeing friends, etc.,” Reagan wrote. “We left the house at 10:40 a.m. and arrived at the suite at 11:45. Coming down the coast in a helicopter I watched for landmarks I remembered and was a little upset when I could locate them & then couldn’t remember their names, Topanga Canyon for example. After lunch a haircut and manicure, both overdue. Then George Scharfenberger one of the trustees of our blind trust & a lawyer came by, mainly to talk about our wills in view of the change in inheritance taxes. My 1981 tax change eliminated such tax on surviving spouses.”
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