Spreading the Holiday Spirit of Giving, All Year Round!
Keeping the holiday spirit of kindness and charity alive all year long is a marathon feat—each day brings a challenge and opportunity for acts of compassion. As veteran marathoners, we are venturing forth to spread that holiday cheer throughout the year, bringing a bit of Christmas to those in need.
We do so by supporting Christmas in the City. The seven of us — Russell Leblang, Jake Kennedy, Barry Chait, Gina Fiandaca, Bill Comer, Kirsten Ripple and Debbie Wennett — have joined forces to run the 2013 Boston Marathon on behalf of Christmas in the City (CITC). We hope to raise $70,000 to be used as seed financing for next year's CITC gift drive.
What is Christmas in the City?
Simply stated, CITC provides the homeless children of Boston a Christmas, granting them a gift, a meal with their family, an enjoyable celebration in a Winter Wonderland and, most importantly, a lasting impression that there are those in society that care.
Some facts about Christmas in the City:
• Christmas in the City offers homeless children a Christmas.
• It does so by matching thousands of homeless kids with donated gifts
• 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.
• Christmas in the City serves thousands of under-served children and families in the Boston-area every year.
• 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.
Join our effort:
Remember, children who are homeless do not have a choice in their condition. But, you have a choice to help! Join us in this effort. You can do so by donating through this page. Or contact me for instructions if you prefer to send a check.
For more information about Christmas in the City, go to: http://christmasinthecity.org/story/