“I hope you will join me in writing to Paul Whelan also continuing to advocate for other Americans to be rescued and returned to their families,” the WNBA star said, sharing Whelan’s mailing address.
Brittney Griner has a special request for her fans this holiday season.
On Wednesday morning, the WNBA star, released from Russian custody on December 8, penned a handwritten letter to her Instagram followers, asking those who help advocate for her safe return to do the same for Paul Whelan and other families of wrongfully detained loved ones.
Griner said the letters she receive from fans and friends as part of the #WeAreBG campaign helped her “not lose hope during a time” of “regret.”
She described her feeling “powerless in ways I could have never imagined,” in the letter. The Phoenix Mercury center thank those who wrote to her “from the bottom of my heart,” saying that it was because of their messages of support that she “never lost hope” during her detention.
However, the letters were “more than uplifting” for the WNBA star.
“My family is complete, and now, thanks to you, we will be able to spend the holidays together,” she wrote. “However, there are still far too many families whose loved ones have been wrongfully detained.”
Griner elaborated, “Those families stood with you and everyone else who supported the #WeAreBG campaign to bring me home, and now it’s our turn to help them. I hope you will join me in writing to Paul Whelan and continuing to advocate for the rescue and return of other Americans to their families.”
Griner concluded her letter by thanking fans again and saying, “I hope your holiday season is full of joy and love.”
At the bottom of her note, she included Whelan’s mailing address. Currently, he is receiving mail from the American Citizen Services Unit.