Things are moving so fast, it's hard to keep up!
An anonymous donor pushed us ever closer to the halfway mark of our fundraiser goal of $500. The HUNGER HAUNT Costume 5K has its own facebook page (www.facebook.com/HungerHaunt5K).
Since the inception of Meals4Hopkinsville, I've run more than 250 miles, mostly thinking about childhood hunger, and all the good that is coming out of this fundraiser. And the Women's Half Marathon that I'm running with my daughter--the training for which started the whole idea of having a fundraiser--is just nine days away.
Since the start of the Meals4Hopkinsville fund-raiser in mid-July, I've run 173.6 miles, mostly thinking about ways to promote the HUNGER HAUNT 5K and thus procure $upport. I am VERY excited that more than 40% of our goal has already been reached. I believe that more and more people are being aware of and acknowledging that the problem of CHILDHOOD HUNGER affects us all.
I was a bad girl today and didn't run the 9 miles like I was supposed to, according to the training program I have been following (www.MarathonRookie.com). A storm rolled through last night and the morning was dreary, both of which compounded my lazy attitude. There is always tomorrow, and besides, the half-marathon isn't for another 13 days.
Another friend made a donation to Meals4Hopkinsville--thank you, Kitty!--bringing the total amount raised to 46% of our goal! At long last, I am beginning to feel confident that we will raise the full amount of $500. Details regarding he HUNGER HAUNT 5K on October 13th, and now the MASQUERADE BALL & DINNER at Miss Ann's the night before, are falling into place almost effortlessly. I truly feel this was meant to be.
I've decided to post a daily update in addition to "Today's Childhood Hunger Fact" since things have begun to get a little fast-and-furious on this end. Quite exciting, actually.
My friends, Jas and Moira Podgurski, donated a whopping $50 yesterday, and I know my eyes were as big as saucers when I received the notification. I hope they know the depth of my gratitude; I love you guys!
The 5K HUNGER HAUNT is quickly coming to fruition, thanks to the support and encouragement of people like Cheryl Cook, Tourism; our police chief, Guy Howie; Tom Wolf at Public Works; Gary McIntyre at Parks & Recreation; and Judge Self at the Justice Center. But MOSTLY, kudos go to MONICA K. SMITH, who had the idea of "Event" in the first place. Her enthusiasm and passion, combined with an over-abundance of creativity ensure that the HUNGER HAUNT will be a resounding success and, I'm willing to bet, an annual event here in Hopkinsville. I hope so, anyway.
What a FOGGY start to the day. Decided to run on sidewalks, where it was safe. Or so I thought. While running down South Main, a woman in a silver, PT Cruiser shot across the street at 17th, nearly hitting me! ARGH! Some people. Since the fundraiser began on July 9th, I have logged 164.5 miles on my running shoes, and they look it! The Women's Half Marathon is just 16 days away. I am anxious to get it over with so that I can just run for fun and concentrate on this fund-raiser.
I have begun to post a daily Fact About Hunger on the Facebook page, Meals4Hopkinsville. I sure hope it gives people something to think about, and hopefully inspire donations! My longest was was a couple of Saturdays ago, 11.5 miles, when I ran from my house to Hopkinsville Community College and back, twice. Thank God I have this fund-raiser to focus on while I'm out there, instead of how tired I am getting!
I've been doing a lot of research on childhood hunger. In this land of abundance, with massive farms within our own city's limits, and restaurants--both sit down and fast food--galore, the problem just isn't "in our face." But is there. We just don't see it. But we can do something about it!!!
Do you believe that NOT having an ample food source can directly affect our community? It's true. It is a fact that undernourished children are likely suffer in school, because memory and concentration are so negatively affected. Failure in school contributes to the drop-out rate. Lack of education is connected to homelessness, poverty, and crime. It's a vicious cycle, but I truly, truly believe that something can be done.
Did you know that one in five children from birth to 18 years of age do not have enough food? I can't even imagine what it would be like to be hungry day after day after day... I can't.
Please help me help the hungry children in our area. Every little bit helps. $5 or $10 can go so far.
"I am only one, but still I am one...I cannot do everything, but still I can do something." - Helen Keller