|Lexie Archer, one of the key organizers for the 5K, standing with me before the event.
You know how everyone seems to be asking for donations around the holidays, and it can sometimes make you wonder just how much of your contribution is going to help actual people, and how much is funding the director's salary or the cost of photocopying or mailings? Because this is an effort local to me, involving people I know personally from my church, I can see in a much more personal and direct way how legitimate their efforts really are.
|My number! I'll have to save this for motivation for my next 5K.
|I wore this sweet face on my number, taking this child with me the whole 5K!
|Leigh and her daughter Ashleigh, members at my church, hanging out with me before we set off.
|Justice Java! Drink a cup of compassion.
We got to enjoy cups of Justice Java today at the race, and it was delicious. I purchased a bag of beans for myself, and I encourage you to contact Compassion Corps at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to place an order for some coffee, too! The organization is also working to raise funds to purchase a truck for use in Liberia to gather the coffee beans for export, as well as a warehouse for storing the coffee once it's collected. You can use the same email address to inquire how you might help.
I encourage you to take a look at the Compassion Corps web site to find out more about their efforts, and what you could do to support them. My 5K experience gave me an opportunity to support this great organization, bring aid to orphaned children in northern Africa, and reach a personal goal, all at the same time!
|Here I am in all my sweaty glory after the run!