BENEFITING: GENTLE BARN FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
This November I will be lucky enough to run the ING NYC Marathon, the best marathon in the world. One thing that makes it so great is its emphasis on giving. This year, organizers encourage all participants to choose a charity to run for, with the ultimate goal of raising $26.2 million - "$1 Mil a Mile." I knew right away that I wanted to run for the Gentle Barn.
Based in California, the Gentle Barn rescues, rehabilitates, and homes for life animals who have been mistreated or neglected. Whether it's an abused pig in a petting zoo, a shelter dog on death row, a horse ridden too hard by its trainers, or even an emu in the home of a hoarder, the Gentle Barn welcomes them all. Then they immediately begin their often difficult (and costly!) work to physically and spiritually heal these creatures.
Once fully rehabilitated, the animals in turn begin to do their own good work among the groups of people who come to visit the Gentle Barn! School groups, special needs children, troubled and at-risk youth, and folks with disabilities all come to learn kindness, compassion, and confidence from the animals.
Buddha, the giant red therapy cow, is especially good with disabled children. When disabled kids come to visit, they gather around Buddha in their wheel chairs and hug her and pet her while Buddha holds completely still until they are done. Bonsai, a miniature pony who was beaten by his alcoholic former owner, and now is a joyful boy, shows other victims of abuse that there is hope for forgiveness and a better future. From the littlest chicken to the biggest pig, each creature returns the unconditional love they receive and delights visitors of all walks of life.
Currently home to 135, the Gentle Barn does so much good for animals and people, but it comes at a price! Will you please join me in supporting them and make a donation? I and every living creature at the Gentle Barn will thank you!