In 2018, I am lacing up my running shoes to run the 2018 Boston Marathon for Horizons for Homeless Children. I hope that you will support my fundraising goal of $10,000. It's not simple goal to reach but with your generosity, I can reach it. Horizons for Homeless Children is a non-profit organization that is leading the fight in Massachusetts to help alleviate the trauma and stress of homelessness on both children and their families by providing high-quality early education to homeless children. Here are some statistics that show the need for these critical services for homeless families: · There are more than 16,000 homeless children under the age of 5 in Massachusetts. That’s almost enough to fill the TD Garden. · Most brain development happens before the age of 5, so early education is critical to setting a future foundation of success. · 1 in 30 children are homeless in the U.S. · In order to afford a 2-bedroom apartment in MA, a parent would need to: make $27.39/hr. or work 100 hours/week at minimum wage ($11/hr.). · There are many factors that can cause families to become homeless, including lack of affordable housing, domestic violence, decreasing government supports, and substance abuse or mental illness – just to name a few. · Children who experience homelessness are 4x more likely to have developmental delays. · Children who experience homelessness are 2x more likely to have learning disabilities. · Horizons has a waitlist of nearly 200 for its early education program. Thank you in advance for supporting my fundraising efforts and my marathon journey, which ultimately helps the children and families that Horizons serves. All the best, Hannah
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