Children who are homeless do not have a choice in their condition. You have a choice to help. I'm running the 2013 Boston Marathon in support of Christmas in the City (CITC) and have a goal to raise $3,750 by Patriots Day, April 15th (aka, Marathon Monday!).
Keeping the spirit of kindness and charity alive all year long is a marathon feat. I'm part of a group of eight veteran marathoners that have decided to pound pavement for 26.2 miles - trying to raise a combined total of $50,000 - in support of this all-volunteer non-profit (yes, no paid staff of any kind).
For over 20 years, CITC volunteers have dedicated themselves to providing a Christmas experience to Boston's homeless children living in area shelters. They provides gifts, a Christmas family meal, an enjoyable celebration in a Winter Wonderland - an amazing party held at the Convention Center! (see pics at the CITC website). Most importantly, it leaves a lasting impression that there are those in society that care. Join us in this effort. You can do so by donating through this page. Or contact CITC for mailing instructions (www.christmasinthecity.org).
More about CITC:
• It culminates in a signature gift-giving event, complete with a luncheon feeding thousands of families, a winter wonderland with rides, entertainment and the opportunity to meet Santa and his friends.
• Working to answer the growing needs of a troubled economy, Christmas in the City served almost 8000 children last year (2012) alone.
• Christmas in the City teaches both receivers and givers of gifts the joys of compassion, offering many a lifelong lesson in the benefits of sharing.
• Christmas in the City also builds on the idea of community helping community, bringing responsible people together to help their less-fortunate neighbors.
• Christmas in the City is completely organized and operated by volunteers and pro bono services—it is a non-profit charity since 1989.
• Preparation for Christmas in the City is a year-round process, with ongoing efforts to fundraise, gather donated gifts and plan the logistics that make it all successful.
• The Christmas in the City network has expanded its efforts to provide follow-up services for selected families through its Adopt-a-Family program. The idea is to give extra aid beyond the holidays to families with the most extreme needs.