You have heard me go on and on about how much I love my running friends so please indulge me again today. When I saw that the Wednesday Word prompt was “Beauty” I knew I had yet another opportunity to highlight my running crew. After all, tis the season to highlight the beauty and kindness we see in others. Let me tell you a little bit about how theBeauty of Running Friends Extends Way Beyond Running.
The Beauty of Running Friends Extends Way Beyond Running
The fall season of Girls on The Run concludes this week. Being a nonprofit group, all of the coaches are volunteers. Our program has grown significantly the last few years and this fall we had a record breaking 60 girls sign up. I was ecstatic at our numbers until I realized that we would be grossly under staffed for coaches.
I sent out a panicked post to my Moms Run This Town group, and immediately 4 of my fabulous friends stepped forward to help me out. These friends have no connection to the school and do not even have young girls. They selflessly offered to give their time and effort to the GOTR program twice a week for 10 weeks. The beauty of running friends extends way beyond running.
Like so many of you, I was deeply saddened by the destruction of property and loss of life from the recent hurricanes. I knew I wanted to organize some way that I could help out. My old college roommate was from (and still lives in) Puerto Rico. When her home town was devastated, I knew that I wanted to focus on helping out families there. I heard about an organization Adopt A Family USVI that pairs you with someone specific in one of the US Virgin Islands or PR.
Once again, I went to my group to ask for small donations. I had committed to “adopting” 5 families figured I would supplement beyond what I received from donations from our group. My friends were asked to bring anything they wanted to donate to our Holiday Party last weekend.
They arrived with bags and bags of items to donate. Much to my delight, we exceeded our 5 boxes of donations by almost double. We will be sending out 9 boxes today of much needed necessities to families in Puerto Rico. Once again, my running friends went way above and beyond to help me out. I was blown away by their generosity and kindness. The beauty of running friends extends way beyond running.
Thanks for again letting me gush over how truly blessed I am to have this wonderful group of women in my life.