Jenny Hanger via Crowdrise
February 24, 2012
BENEFITING: The Salvation Army
ORGANIZER: The Salvation Army
EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012
As you may know, four years ago I was in an accident that injured my spine and temporarily paralyzed me. Over the course of the next few months I had to retrain my body to stand up without holding onto a support, to walk without stumbling, and to go up and downstairs without needing an escort. I wondered if I would ever move comfortably again.
As the months went by, my walking steadied and I started to run. At first it was to the end of the driveway but over the months my distance increased to a mile, then two. I had never run regularly before, but it became my way of celebrating my second chance.
On April 16, 2012, I will be running in the 116th Boston Marathon. Four years ago I never thought that I would run any marathon – much less the Boston Marathon – but I’ve been given an amazing opportunity to run this race for a charity that means so much to so many people.
I know that I would never have made it through what was such a trying time for me without the extensive support of my friends and family, and in contemplating charities associated with the Boston Marathon I can’t think of any that helps support so many people indiscriminately, in so many ways as much as The Salvation Army. As the following list of facts can attest, it really is “doing the most good!”
I am asking friends and family to consider sponsoring me for this event. I have two ambitious goals – the first is to complete the race as a celebration of all that I’ve overcome, and the second is to meet my personal goal of raising $5,000 for The Salvation Army. I would deeply appreciate your kind consideration of making a donation toward this goal. All donations are, of course, tax deductible. (The SA will mail all donors a receipt.)
For all those people out there who need a second chance, The Salvation Army is always there to lend a helping hand. I sincerely hope that you will join me as I help The Salvation Army change lives, one mile at a time. Thank you for your time and consideration of supporting my endeavor.
The Salvation Army wrote -
Since 1865, The Salvation Army has been providing social and spiritual services to communities throughout the world. The Massachusetts Division operates 44 centers across the state, providing the broadest array of social services that range from serving food to the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army is committed to serve the whole person, body, soul, and spirit, with integrity and respect, using creative solutions to positively transform lives.
The Salvation Army of Massachusetts, in 2010:
1,359,985 Meals served
136,040 Nights of shelter provided
173,937 Individuals, families and seniors directly assisted
97,728 People visited in homes, hospitals and institutions
1,170 Children who attended Camp Wonderland
21,169 Children attended day care sessions
98,156 Youth attended character-building, educational, arts and music sessions
501 At-risk youth participated in Bridging the Gap program
353,365 Adults attended character-building instructional classes
164 Responses in Massachusetts to emergencies
322,343 Volunteer hours
3,976 Households helped through the Good Neighbor Energy Fund (GNEF)
356,271 Toys and gifts given at Christmas
71,840 Coats distributed