Thank Someone For Help or Support • Example Letters, Guides and Samples


Make this letter relatively brief, but include enough information about the help or support given to let the reader know that you appreciated his or her efforts and that they were worthwhile.

How to write this thank-you letter:

  1. Express your gratitude for the specific help or support you received.
  2. If appropriate, add some specific details showing why the help or support was worthwhile.
  3. Close with a final word of appreciation or anticipation of a future relationship.

Example Letter #1


Please accept our sincere gratitude for your help during our family crisis. Your daily inquiries let us know how much you cared. We looked forward to your calls. These events have brought us all closer together, and I am thankful to have friends like you.

Example Letter #2


Thank you for escorting our guest speakers during the fall workshops. Your meeting each person in the parking lot with a large umbrella was a very thoughtful gesture that everyone appreciated. No one expected the weather to be so stormy, so you were a real life saver. Their gratitude was evident. Thanks for being so attentive to details.

Example Letter #3


Once again you set the tone for the year by helping us run a successful conference. We appreciated your unfailing attention to detail. With all the last minute snags, we worried that something would fall through the cracks, but you anticipated every contingency. Several participants commented on how well you had organized the event.

We are fortunate to have you donate your time on occasions like this. On behalf of the Springfield Education Association, I express heartfelt thanks for all you do.

Example Letter #4


Thank you very much for the extra help you gave me so I could pass my statistics class. I know how busy you are, so I really appreciated the time you spent with me. This class was the only thing standing between me and my degree, and, as you know, I had a very hard time understanding and remembering the concepts. Thanks to you I will be graduating in June. You are the kind of professor that makes this university a great place to learn.

Write Your Letter Step-by-Step

1 Express your gratitude for the specific help or support you received.

Sample Sentences for Step 1
  • I want to thank you for your help in organizing the picnic last Saturday. It was a great success.
  • Thanks for helping me get through that sensitive agenda yesterday. There were times when I felt you were the only one who understood the real issues.
  • We couldn't have pulled off the celebration without your help.
  • You will never know how much I have appreciated your kindness and consideration during these weeks when John has been in the hospital.
  • As you know, the past few months have been very difficult for us, so I want to thank you for your patience while we got the store in order.
  • I want you to know how much your words of encouragement last Sunday meant to me.
  • Thank you for sponsoring our little league baseball team.
  • Thank you for your willingness to serve on our annual fund raising committee.
Sample Phrases for Step 1
  • am grateful for
  • am so grateful for
  • appreciate your help
  • appreciate your contribution to
  • couldn't have pulled it off without you
  • for your kindness
  • for all the help you have given
  • for your assistance in
  • for your sensitivity
  • for everything you've done
  • for helping out
  • for being there
  • for your help
  • help has been much appreciated
  • how much we appreciate
  • my thanks for
  • so sensitive to the needs of
  • thank you so much for
  • thank you ever so much for
  • thank you for
  • thanks a million
  • the support you have provided
  • want you to know
  • was especially appreciated
  • you have been there for us
  • your friendship
  • your efforts on my behalf

2 If appropriate, add some specific details showing why the help or support was worthwhile.

Sample Sentences for Step 2
  • I especially appreciated your taking the initiative to organize the children's activities when I was called away on an emergency. Thank you very much.
  • You were able to keep focused on the big picture while others were bogged down in minor details.
  • You knew the right people to contact, the sequence of events, and how to finance the whole affair. Your experience really made a great difference.
  • You have helped us in countless ways. It has been a great source of strength to have you to talk to, to say nothing of the driving, cleaning, and baby-sitting you have helped with.
  • I know it caused some difficulty for you when we were unable to make each payment on time. Your patient and cooperative approach was a real blessing for us.
  • As you know I have been struggling with my son at a time when I need to be away from home a lot. You gave me some good advice that seems to be working. I think we will slowly see some progress, if I can keep the proper attitude.
  • The new uniforms are perfect. I am delighted at how much your generous donation lifted the spirits of these young people. As the season has progressed, we have seen other intangible benefits coming to these boys, too.
  • We know from your performance last year that you are very effective in getting pledges from the businesses in our community. You seem to have a gift for encouraging generosity.
Sample Phrases for Step 2
  • appreciated your insights
  • at a time when
  • because of your help
  • came through for us when
  • can be proud of
  • deserve most of the credit for
  • especially appreciated your
  • gave me some good advice
  • great source of strength
  • had the knowledge and experience I lacked
  • has been a difficult time
  • have helped us in countless ways
  • have been struggling with
  • helped us reach our goal
  • if you hadn't been there
  • knew exactly how to
  • know it entailed some sacrifice for you
  • made a big difference
  • much of the credit goes to you
  • offered sound advice
  • really came to the fore
  • seem to have a gift for
  • to say nothing of the
  • were a real blessing to us

3 Close with a final word of appreciation or anticipation of a future relationship.

Sample Sentences for Step 3
  • I am proud to have friends like you.
  • I enjoy associating with you.
  • I hope you will be available next year to act as our consultant.
  • Things are better for us now, and we look forward to a productive year.
  • Thanks for being such a good friend.
  • We all thank you for your generous support.
  • We are all glad that you are on our team.
Sample Phrases for Step 3
  • am so glad to
  • am grateful for
  • am sure you will succeed in
  • appreciate our association
  • best wishes for the future
  • can always count on you
  • devoted friends like you
  • for all your help
  • for being a good friend
  • for your unwavering support
  • for your generous support
  • for everything you have done
  • for your unfailing support
  • have confidence in
  • hope to return the favor
  • hope we can do the same
  • hope everything goes well
  • if you knew how much you have helped
  • in all your endeavors
  • take you to lunch
  • thank you for
  • things are better for us now
  • to have coworkers like you
  • to have you on our team
  • to have friends like you
  • to be associated with
  • were there when I needed you the most