Let me start out by saying, I wasn’t quite sure how to write a new blog post. Do I ignore the terrible events that happened in Boston? Or go into a long post about it? The whole Boston Marathon tragedy is nothing to ignore. It is sad, upsetting, and confusing. And the plant explosion in Texas was also terrible. I realized the best way to process these sad events is to acknowledge them, remind you that there are plenty of ways to help, through donations: (The One Fund Boston, Officer 179 fund, and others for Boston, and Various West, Texas charities), and continue with blogging.
And so, I embrace the mantra, Boston Strong. Because I will be walking with thousands of others in Boston for a great cause.
As Ellen Parker (Project Bread’s executive director) said in a special letter sent out a few days ago, “This year, Project Bread faces a unique and unprecedented challenge. On Sunday, May 5, 2013, The Walk for Hunger will be the first large outdoor public gathering in the city since the tragic events at the Boston Marathon.”
So we will all be careful, and watching, but we will not allow the tragedy to stop us from participating in this event . We will not be terrorized.
A week from today, I will be joining thousands of others in a 20-mile walk starting and ending in Boston, winding around many of the nearby towns. Last year was my first year doing The Walk, and I found it to be a rewarding and inspiring experience. I walked all 20 miles, and raised $1,215.50! Super excited that this year, I’ve already raised (at last count) $1,526! And I still have a week left! Very grateful to all my supporters so far, especially Joe Taxpayer for his generous $250 match! My newest fundraising goal is now set at $1800.
I’ll admit, I’m posting this blog post in part to ask for donations. Any amount helps, even $5 or $10, but Project Bread sent out some facts about how donations can help:
$25 provides a hot meal for 40 individuals at a supper program.
$50 helps a family on SNAP purchase twice that amount in fresh produce at a farmers’ market.
$75 subsidizes CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares for one week for ten families.
$100 provides food vouchers to five senior households.
$500 helps support a healthy summer food program for low-income children.
$1,000 helps create innovative farm-to-table programs that give low-income families a hand up and that also strengthen the community.
It’s not too late to help! You can still sign up to walk or volunteer. You can donate to me or anyone else. You can find out if your donation will be matched by your employer.
Thank you again to everyone who has donated so far! And thank you in advance to anyone who joins in to walk, volunteer, or donate! Are you participating?